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The Bayeux Tapestry

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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 momentous ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Boydell Press (first published April 22nd 2002)
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Learned
Jul 29, 2013 Learned rated it it was amazing
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
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Kalliope
I just received this. It is beautiful. And now the question is: When?
Sarah(All The Book Blog Names Are Taken)
Beautiful.

I'm not sure how else to describe the tapestry but simply, beautiful. I only hope one day I can see it in person and marvel at this complex work of art that set out to tell the story of one of the most important events in the history of the world.

The author breaks down the tapestry into sections, translating its text and adding additional details from a variety of sources - both contemporary in Harold's time and contemporary in our own. A variety of works are cited to provide as many f
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Deirdre
Apr 08, 2014 Deirdre rated it really liked it
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
Mindy Jones
Jun 06, 2016 Mindy Jones rated it it was ok
Shelves: travel, print-read
Really great information about the amazing tapestry, but there was a major problem with the editing and/or translation in the copy I have. There were literally errors on every page and they were very distracting. I bought it at the museum's gift shop, so buyer beware.
Pauline
Jan 02, 2014 Pauline rated it liked it
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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