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Author Wright, Arthur Colin, author

Title Decoding the Bayeux tapestry : the secrets of history's most famous embroidery hidden in plain sight / Arthur Colin Wright
Published Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Frontline Books, an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2019
India : Replika Press Pvt., Ltd., 2019


Description 1 online resource (175 pages) : illustrations
Contents Chapter 1. The mystery at the margins -- Chapter 2. Methodology, bestiary and division -- Chapter 3. The opening chapter begins -- Chapter 4. The opening chapter concludes -- Chapter 5. Chapter Two -- Chapter 6. Chapter Three -- Chapter 7. The conclusion to the tapestry -- Chapter 8. The landscape of invasion -- Chapter 9. The accuracy of weapons and armours -- Chapter 10. The psychology of the tapestry -- Chapter 11. Who embroidered the tapestry and how? -- Appendices. Appendix I: A note on the invasion fleet -- Appendix II: Notes on the map of Pevensey in 1066 -- A glossary of creatures found on the tapestry
Summary The story of the Norman Conquest and the Battle of Hastings as shown in the Bayeux Tapestry is arguably the most widely-known in the entire panoply of English history, and over the last 200 years there have been hundreds of books portraying the Tapestry and seeking to analyse its meanings. Yet, there is one aspect of the embroidery that has been virtually ignored or dismissed as unimportant by historians - the details in the margins. Yet the fables shown in the margins are not just part of a decorative ribbon, neither are they discontinuous, but in fact follow-on in sequence. When this is understood, it becomes clear that they must relate in some way to the action shown on the body of the Tapestry. After careful examination, it has become clear that the purpose of these images is to amplify, elaborate or explain the main story. In this ground-breaking study, Arthur Wright reveals for the first time the significance of the images in the margins. This has meant that it is possible to see the 'whole' story as never before, enabling a more complete picture of the Bayeux Tapestry to be constructed. This, in turn, has led to the author re-examining many of the scenes in the main body of the work, showing that a number of the basic assumptions, so often taught as facts, have been based on nothing more than reasoned conjecture. It might be thought that after so much has been written about the Bayeux Tapestry there was nothing more to be said, but Decoding the Bayeux Tapestry shows us just how much there is still to be learnt
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Bayeux tapestry.
Bayeux tapestry (Title) fast (OCoLC)fst00829024
Subject Embroidery, Medieval -- France
Hastings, Battle of, England, 1066, in art.
DESIGN -- Textile & Costume.
Embroidery, Medieval.
Hastings, Battle of (England : 1066) in art.
SUBJECT Normandy (France) -- History -- To 1515.
Great Britain -- History -- William I, 1066-1087.
Subject France -- Normandy.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781526741134