Through its colorful characters--ambitious warrior bishops, court dwarfs, powerful women, and ruthless knights--this embroidered masterpiece relates the story of the Battle of Hastings and the conquest of England by a foreign army, culminating in a victory for William the Conqueror and the death of King Harold.Through its colorful characters--ambitious warrior bishops, court dwarfs, powerful women, and ruthless knights--this embroidered masterpiece relates the story of the Battle of Hastings and the conquest of England by a foreign army, culminating in a victory for William the Conqueror and the death of King Harold.Read Less
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Good. No Jacket. Used. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Advance Uncorrected Proofs; good+ in wraps with illustration from the Tapestry. Only 12 of the 24 colored illustrations of the published book are present, others in b&w. Everywhere "April 2005" is printed at the release date has been corrected to "May. : Pw unmarked, clean, tight.
Good in Good jacket. Book: Heavy edge and corner wear, especially to top and bottom edges of spine. Soiling to page edges. No other page markings. Jacket: Heavy edge and corner bumping. Moderate soiling to inside top edge of spine.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-02-28 The simple linen background and bright woolen colors of the Bayeux Tapestry have always been interpreted as a French tribute to William the Conqueror, celebrating his victory over England in 1066 with its depiction of soldiers, archers, ships and battles. In an often riveting but ultimately unconvincing revisionist account drawing on the work of other scholars as well as on contemporary accounts of events, Bridgeford, a British lawyer, argues that the tapestry was more likely designed by English monks at St. Augustine's abbey in Canterbury under the direction of Count Eustace of Boulogne. English women, more famous for their embroidery skills than the French, stitched a tapestry containing a covert anti-Norman message. Bridgeford also provides details on minor characters in the tapestry, such as the dwarf Turold-who Bridgeford thinks might have written the medieval French epic poem Chanson de Roland and been the tapestry's patron-and Aelfgyva, the only woman named on the tapestry. While Bridgeford offers a fascinating look into the tapestry and the events it depicts, his language and method are so tentative ("Could it be that...?") that one is left doubting his interpretation. 16 pages of color illus., one map. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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