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The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most extraordinary artefacts to survive from the eleventh century. A fragile web of woollen thread on linen, its brilliant colours undimmed after nearly a thousand years, this masterpiece is unique as a complete example of an art form beloved of the aristocracy in the Romanesque era - the `historiated' or narrative embroidery. The momentou...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 24th 2005 by Boydell Press (first published April 22nd 2002)
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Learned
This book goes through the Bayeux tapestry "frame-by-frame" (to use an anachronistic but apt reference), with images of each section. It also provides a brief and helpful overview of the historical context behind the work, and it discusses how the tapestry's depictions match or don't match the historical record, and the ambiguity and hidden meanings of the imagery.

The book's thesis is that the Bayeux Tapestry is more even-handed than other roughly contemporary accounts of the Norman Conquest, a...more
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I just received this. It is beautiful. And now the question is: When?
Deirdre
Musset succeeds in balancing images and writing in his scholarly account of The Bayeux Tapestry, a magnificent embroidered piece of art! Few professors can boast his resume and the scope of his mastery on the subject is evident. Well-researched, Musset presents various scholars perspectives on the meaning of each section. Perhaps issues of translation resulted in wordy less fluent sections of the descriptive narrative. Nonetheless, it should be easy enough for a high school students to follow al...more
Pauline
Very interesting book about the tapestry. I learned a lot and was so glad to be able to see the tapestry in person.
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