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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company; Reprint edition (4 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802777422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802777423
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1066 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. Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward B. Crutchley on 12 Aug. 2014
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This is a fascinating and very readable analysis of each frame of the Bayeux Tapestry and the historical background to the Norman invasion. All is not what it seems. Bringing together contemporary writings, and works of scholars since the re-discovery of the Tapestry almost 300 years ago, Andrew Bridgeford presents the arguments that this is not a piece of Norman propaganda after all, but a subtly disguised work probably carried out in Canterbury. William the Conqueror’s ally Eustace II of Boulogne is discretely portrayed as the real hero of Hastings, and by implication the originator of the Tapestry. But there is a lot more besides. Harold lost to William the Conqueror having quelled a Norse invasion only weeks beforehand and after rushing down to Hastings just in time. According to the author the slaughter at Hastings subsequently preyed on the church’s mind, and knights who has participated were required to do penance or build churches for their atonement in proportion to the number of people they had killed. A wonderful book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2007
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Everyone knows about the Bayeux Tapestry, or do they?

If you are really interested in the Bayeux Tapestry and the period of history covering the conquest of England, then this is the book for you.

A work of exquisite detail the tapestry has preserved the glory of the Norman Conquest for later generations to see. If you know what you are looking for it reads like a book.

The tale of the battle of Hastings, the death of Harold and the ascendency of Duke William are indelibly woven into the fabric of the tapestry for all to see.

The validity of many of the deeds depicted by the tapestry is brought into question by the author of the book Andrew Bridgeford. The tapestry is a pictorial story of courage and deceit and the pageantry of the age, but is everything as it appears to be.

The quality of the research and the excellent story-telling is a joy to readers of history. The book contains may photographs of the tapestry and I enjoyed it immensely
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Fripp on 16 Sept. 2008
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Andrew Bridgeford's "1066, the Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry", brings fresh interpretation to an amazing, mysterious piece of cloth. This strip of linen seventy meters (230 feet) long, presents an account of events leading up to William the Conqueror's successful invasion of England. The traditional interpretation is that the Tapestry was a costly trophy commissioned by a Norman baron or bishop celebrating the Norman victory. Bridgeford disputes that view. He finds conflicting messages, messages that tend to support the French, rather than the Norman, point of view. He even finds support for the English, and perhaps a challenge to Duke William's right to the English throne. Such messages would have been punished by death, and whoever commissioned and stitched the Tapestry would have taken great risks. Nevertheless, the ambiguous message was embroidered less than a decade after William's invasion.

What were the real intentions of the sponsor who dictated the images and message stitched into the Bayeux Tapestry? The Tapestry (an embroidery, really) was originally longer, but the final scenes are missing. Did fire, damp or rats carry the ending away? Or did fear suborn courage, causing an unknown hand to cut off a dangerous truth in a deadly world? That is one of a thousand mysteries inhering to the Bayeux Tapestry.

Nor is that all. The Tapestry brings us a dwarf who may have been a founding father of French literature; and reminds its contemporary viewers of an unlovely tale, of two queen-mothers thrusting their several sons forward, sometimes fatally, in their own lust for royal power. Why? How do these sub-plots relate?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lonewolf1066 on 11 Mar. 2010
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Did you know that Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803 issued an order for the Bayeux Tapestry to be on public exhibition at the Louvre in Paris prior to his failed Invasion of England? or the Nazis from World War Two paid such an interest in the Tapestry that the SS with orders from Heinrich Himmler no less were to seize the Bayeux Tapestry and take it to Berlin? or even a piece of the Tapestry was stolen in 1816 and taken to England and still survives in a little Glass case to this very day?...NO! Nor did I until I read "1066 The Hidden History In The Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford".
Just the sheer fact that this beautiful and mysterious work of art has survived its long journey from over a thousand years ago to the present day is truly breathtaking in its own rite. Andrew Bridgeford has done an excellent job in unraveling the hidden mysteries of this piece of cloth and once Bridgeford puts forth his detective work, I have to admit that his interpretations, evidence and final conclusions stare you smack in the face.Great book 10/10
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