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Publisher Description

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.

May 26
Bloomsbury Publishing
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Customer Reviews

ScooterMiami ,

Good, but lousy images. Look for something else on this subject

The text is very good and engaging. You really learn a lot of the history of and about the tapestry. Unfortunately, the images of the tapestry are very poor, significantly reducing their usefulness. They are small, out of focus and look terrible when you try to expand them. What’s the use of the retina screen resolution, when what is provided is terrible. You have to search the internet for better images. It is really very disappointing that apple would allow such a poor rendition to sell, but this is evidence of their lack of interest in the product. The author should be livid that his work was so poorly reproduced. Look for another book on this subject.

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