1066 by Andrew Bridgeford
The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry

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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.

About Andrew Bridgeford

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Andrew Bridgeford is a lawyer and a historian. He lives on the Isle of Jersey in the United Kingdom.
Published May 26, 2009 by Walker Books. 354 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Battle of Hastings, in 1066, when the last Anglo Saxon king, Harold, was defeated by William the Conqueror, is one of the world’s most commented-upon battles, partly because its effects (the fusion of French and Anglo-Saxon into English, for example) ramify to this day—and partly because it w...

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That argument, succinctly considered, is this: far from being a work of triumphalist Norman propaganda,To see the full article you need to subscribeThe Department of Energy & Climate Change - England - CompetitiveDepartment of Health - UK - CompetitiveDepartment of Health - UK - Salary - £63,000 ...

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