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The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life of a Masterpiece Hardcover – 2 Mar 2006


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First Edition edition (2 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701174633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701174637
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,147,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a fittingly meticulous tribute"

"compelling and her style confident and writerly" Daily Telegraph` -- Daily Mail

"a lightness of touch and a depth of knowledge which is second to none…A captivating work of poplar history" -- Glasgow Herald

"a perceptive and sure-footed guide. …fascinating tale with deftest of touches" -- Guardian

Carola Hick’s scholarly book is a masterly account of its origins and the controversies that have always surrounded it -- The Spectator,

‘Well written, well documented...weaves its own spell.’ -- TLS

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The story of the Bayeux Tapestry - its origins and making, but also its long and dramatic afterlife, fromthe 1066 to Napoleon, Nazi raids and modern adverts.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Feb. 2008
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A fascinating look at the history of this amazingly long-lived artifact, which has come near to destruction or loss on several occasion at the hands of French Calvinists, revolutionaries, Napoleon and the SS. The book also explores the many attempts at reproductions of the work, or other works in different media inspired by the original. It explores the origins of the work and is inconclusive on who commissioned it, though the author makes a good case for Edith, widow of Edward the Confessor. Will interest those into Medieval history and art history alike.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rob Sawyer on 18 May 2011
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I went to see the BT last August and can thoroughly recommend it. I was transported back to 1966 and those stamps, so much so I bought a set off e-bay. Deciding I needed to review my visit I bought this book hoping it would go through in some detail the scenes and the text. Unless I missed it, it doesn't really. It does give the plot in reasonable detail (not enough for me) then goes off on a history lesson about the BT over the next 950+ years. That in itself is quite interesting but a bit long winded for me. I agree with another reviewer that there were not enough images in the book and that it would have been better to read this before visiting the tapestry (embroidery, sewy thingy).

Loved the bit about the more recent cartoons, particularly the one with Mitterand and Thatcher - almost made me think of doing my own.

So not bad and I am sure that some people will really love it - the 1* reviewer should be ignored, this is not a 1* book at all and I feel I am being a little bit mean with only three.

One thing I did find a bit sad was on looking up Carola Hicks I discovered she died of cancer last year - HIC LIES CAROLA :-(
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sally Wilton VINE VOICE on 10 Oct. 2008
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If you are thinking of visiting the Tapestry, best arm yourself with a book from amazon first as the museum there houses some very expensive books which will put you off finding out more about the tapestry.

Not a particularly light read unless the Normans are a firm favourate for you but there are some very interesting snippets of information that would make a visit to the tapestry much more enjoyable.

Not enough photographs in this book - and there is no doubt that it is a beautiful work of art to see, so it is a shame not to see more photos of it in this book.
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