The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece

The vivid scenes on the Bayeux Tapestry depict the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 It is one of Europe s greatest treasures and its own story is full of drama and surprise.Who commissioned the tapestry Was it Bishop Odo, William s ruthless half brother Or Harold s dynamic sister Edith, juggling for a place in the new court Hicks shows us this worldThe vivid scenes on the Bayeux Tapestry depict the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 It is one of Europe s greatest treasures and its own story is full of drama and surprise.Who commissioned the tapestry Was it Bishop Odo, William s ruthless half brother Or Harold s dynamic sister Edith, juggling for a place in the new court Hicks shows us this world and the miracle of the tapestry s making the stitches, dyes and strange details in the margins For centuries it lay ignored in Bayeux cathedral until its discovery in the eighteenth century It became a symbol of power as well as art townsfolk saved it during the French Revolution Napoleon displayed it to promote his own conquest the Nazis strove to make it their own and its influence endures today.This marvellous book, packed with thrilling stories, shows how we remake history in every age and how a great work of art has a life of its own.
The Bayeux Tapestry The Life Story of a Masterpiece The vivid scenes on the Bayeux Tapestry depict the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in It is one of Europe s greatest treasures and its own story is full of drama and surprise Who comm

  • Title: The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece
  • Author: Carola Hicks
  • ISBN: 9780099450191
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Those of you who read my comments on the first few chapters of Carola Hicks's awkwardly-titled The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece, are probably wondering whether I was ever able to get over my yearning for a close reading of the Tapestry, and enjoy this book for what it is: a "biographical" account following the artifact through the thousand years since its composition, and all of the social and ideological battles that have been fought over and around it during that time. And [...]

    2. The Bayeux Tapestry is an historical artefact that has fascinated me for many years now and which I have visited at least half a dozen times and it never fails to impress, depicting as it does such a pivotal moment in British history.So if like me you want to dig deeper into the life of the tapestry then this book is for you as it lists the many near disasters during its 1,000 year life that might have robbed us of this wonderful artefact - from the French Revolutionaries to the Nazi's in WWII.T [...]

    3. I have always been interested in the Bayeux tapestry and made the trip to see it in its little French stone village this year. It really is a fascinating artefact, the world’s longest piece of embroidery and quite possibly the first real comic strip. It tells the story of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066, in a series of small scenes sewn with extraordinary vigour and humour. I bought Carola Hicks’s book in Bayeux, and read it over the next few nights. It begins with the [...]

    4. How the Bayeux Tapestry is a symbol for national identity and a battle between the French and the English.

    5. This is as the title says. I knew little about the Bayeaux Tapestry before reading the book, other than thinking it was an amazing piece of work. I still think that. What this book highlights is that there are times when much is known about the Bayeaux Tapestry, for example it was tracked in detail during World War II, but there is much which is not known about its actual origins. There are theories but none are certain. It went through stages of appalling storage so it is remarkable that is has [...]

    6. This is another background book on the Bayeux Tapestry and the Battle of Hastings - a follow-up to the Bloch book I just finished. It is well written and informative. The books spends relatively less time on the actual making of the embroidery/tapestry and more time on the history of the tapestry as an important artifact -- this is especially the case following the intervention of Napoleon in trying to use the tapestry for propaganda value in the battle against England. This book goes over this [...]

    7. I started this book in the summer when I visited the tapistry and I wanted to finish it before the year ended. I can not give it a star rating. It is an excellent book if you are interested in the tapestry; if you are visiting Normandy and Bayeux. It was a fairly long, detailed slog though, even for me and I love history. I think I now know all I want to know about the tapistry. I am glad the book exists. This book did make me ponder how I grew up doing embroidery. My grandmother and mother taug [...]

    8. The Bayeux Tapestry is rapidly becoming one of my favorite works of art, even moreso after visiting it this past summer. Hicks' study deviates from traditional scholarship on this work, focusing on the biography of the work rather than questions of patronage and the circumstances of its creation. These are dealt with briefly, but the bulk of her book discusses its later preservation under what were very often tumultuous circumstances. The only thing that would make the read more enjoyable would [...]

    9. This book was okay. It started off very interestingly with the story of the tapestry and many of the theories behind who may or may not have commissioned or worked on the actual tapestry. Then the detail begins. It was like reading a textbook only one did not have to take notes. It was a fast read. The chapters on the tapestrys' fate during World War Two were excellent. So fast paced and very interesting. But then your back to entire chapters in which extreme detail is given on the Bayeux Tapest [...]

    10. An very enjoyable read. I was lucky enough to visit the tapestry this summer, and I picked up the book in the gift shop.Some chapters were more interesting than others. I found I skimmed through some of the very detailed chapters, although I'm sure a more scholarly reader would appreciate the amount of information included.

    11. What an amazing book! Whatever I have read about the Norman Invasion, there was always a reference to the Bayeux Tapestry. I finally decided to pay some attention to this masterpiece and I am so glad I did. A truly interesting and exciting read (better than some fictional thrillers). This book is a must-read for all Medieval enthusiasts. I can't recommend it highly enough.

    12. A biography of an embroidery! Could this be interesting? Yes. I could not put this detective story down and though there are a few suppositions this did not detract from the story. From the beginning to the times of Napoleon and the Nazis Carola Hicks has told a good tale of this wonderful piece of embroidered propaganda.

    13. A fabulous read, the history and the controversies. I enjoyed this book very much and read it slowly over a long period of time. I liked the explanation of it display, cleaning and moving to a new home in the end. Now to get myself over there to see it.

    14. This is the first book I have read about the Bayeux Tapestry after viewing the tapestry this summer & it has just given me an awareness of how little I know about 1066 history. However, once the author ventured into the references to the tapestry in literature, plays, etc, my interest waned.

    15. As an academic book, it is excellent--well-documented and totally engaging. If, however, you're not accustomed to academic reading, this book may not prove as entertaining as the cover claims.

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