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The Bayeux Tapestry

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In a museum in the small town of Bayeux in Normandy, specially devised to hold this single object, is a strip of linen nearly one thousand years old. It is 230 feet long and about 20 inches high. On it, embroidered in brightly colored wool, are figures of men, animals, buildings, and ships. In a series of vivid scenes, with a running explanatory text in Latin, it relates ...more
Hardcover, 234 pages
Published April 17th 2004 by Thames Hudson (first published 1985)
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Jane
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a huge book with color plates so large that you can see pretty much every detail of the stitches on the tapestry. I've never seen the real thing (it's on my list of places to visit) but this is almost better than second-best. I would say that this book is a must-have for 1066 enthusiasts, and a nice piece for those of us whose interest is more casual. I'll definitely be keeping this one.
Dale
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a masterpiece! This large folio display of the Bayeux Tapestry published by TASCHEN is just wonderful, so fabulous. This is one of those quality books that are a joy to hold, to smell, to pull out of the bookcase and flick through occasionally. The quality of the image of the tapestry itself is very good indeed and encourages a very rigorous examination of individual scenes.
Laura
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly detailed photographs of the Bayeux Tapestry with explanations and annotations.
Lindsay
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful reproduction of the original embroidery. Very clear look at stitchwork, expression and the drama of the story.
Kevin Casey
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As an enthusiast and researcher on the Battle of Hastings it was a wonderful source document that I could revisit time and time again. It helped me formulate a theory that the scenes of the Battle were taken at 3 hourly intervals. The plates however do not respect the frames but rather the traditional view of the Battle. For instance, one frame starts on plate 57 under the word "HIC" and does not finish until plate 63. These plates are all concerned with the first encounter ( Normans V Huscarls) ...more
Pat
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The entire tapestry is explained in this very thorough volume which includes large color plate pictures, smaller black and white pictures with explanations, the story of events the depicted, and translations of all the Latin.
A beautiful and very thorough book.
Sarah
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous photo-reproductions of the BT. Best I found. The text was quite helpful as well. It was hard to return this to the library.
R. G. Nairam
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval-history, own
Of course, the glory of this book is the 73 color plates at approximately 54% of the embroidery's real size. It's worth having on that alone.

Wilson does a fairly good job on addressing broadly the historical context, the uniqueness of the form, and the importance of the clothing and objects displayed in the tapestry. He has a running commentary on a second section of smaller, black and white plates, that discuss important features on each of the plates and the story presented. The sections
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Deirdre
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent as a resource for Art History & for those interested in needlepoint or sewing. Fantastic photography detailing this extraordinary piece of art as well as for an explanation of history... "Gytha's sister-in-law Estrith was the daughter of Sven Forkbeard, the father of Knut the Great." (Wilson,14) Amusing names!!!
John
Oct 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Excellent pictoral/factual explanation of the Tapestry. The best detail of any photographs that I have seen of the Tapestry. You can actually pick out individual stitches and repairs. Quite wonderful.
Jamie Collins
Beautiful coffee table book with large, close-up photographs of the entire tapestry.
Andy
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is superb for the quality of the pictures alone.
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Sir David Mackenzie Wilson (born 30 October 1931) is an English archaeologist, art historian, and museum curator, specialising in Anglo-Saxon art and the Viking Age. He lives on the Isle of Man.

Wilson was the director of the British Museum from 1977 to 1992, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 1985 he was Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge.