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1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry - Andrew Bridgeford
1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry
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For more than 900 years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history's greatest dramas: the Norman Conquest of England, culminating in the death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Historians have held for centuries that the majestic tapestry trumpets the glory of William the... show more
For more than 900 years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one of history's greatest dramas: the Norman Conquest of England, culminating in the death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Historians have held for centuries that the majestic tapestry trumpets the glory of William the Conqueror and the victorious Normans. But is this true? In 1066, a brilliant piece of historical detective work, Andrew Bridgeford reveals a very different story that reinterprets and recasts the most decisive year in English history.Reading the tapestry as if it were a written text, Bridgeford discovers a wealth of new information subversively and ingeniously encoded in the threads, which appears to undermine the Norman point of view while presenting a secret tale undetected for centuries-an account of the final years of Anglo-Saxon England quite different from the Norman version.Bridgeford brings alive the turbulent 11th century in western Europe, a world of ambitious warrior bishops, court dwarfs, ruthless knights, and powerful women. 1066 offers readers a rare surprise-a book that reconsiders a long-accepted masterpiece, and sheds new light on a pivotal chapter of English history.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802777423 (0802777422)
Publisher: Walker & Company
Pages no: 354
Edition language: English
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4.0 1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry
A really interesting and fun history read that one can be confident in. Bridgeford has extensive end notes that explain his reasoning and plausible assumptions - and is honest when the historical record is blank! Which is refreshing when so many historians simply make up something and expect the rea...
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