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The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations


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In the past two decades, scholarly assessment of the Bayeux Tapestry has moved beyond studies of its sources and analogues, dating, origin and purpose, and site of display. This volume demonstrates the value of more recent interpretive approaches to this famous and iconic artefact, by examining the textile's materiality, visuality, reception and historiography, and its constructions of gender, territory and cultural memory. The essays it contains frame discussions vital to the future of Tapestry scholarship and are complemented by a bibliography covering three centuries of critical writings.

Contributors: Valerie Allen, Richard Brilliant, Shirley Ann Brown, Elizabeth Carson Pastan, Madeline H. Cavines, Martin K. Foys, Michael John Lewis, Karen Eileen Overbey, Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Dan Terkla, Stephen D. White.


This volume admirably demonstrates a fresh range of expert thinking. [It]is uniformly of interest and good value. JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

Unearth[s] valuable new facts. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW


First Published: 20 Aug 2009
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843834700
Pages: 248
Size: 24.4 x 17.2
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: Boydell Press
BIC Class: AG

Details updated on 04 May 2016


  • 1  Introduction: Fifty Years of [Re]Producing the Bayeux Tapestry
  • 2  Problematizing Patronage: Odo of Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry
  • 3  Auctoritas, Consilium et Auxilium: Images of Authority in the Bayeux Tapestry
  • 4  Taking Place: Reliquaries and Territorial Authority in the Bayeux Embroidery
  • 5  On the Nature of Things in the Bayeux Tapestry and its World
  • 6  Making Sounds Visible in the Bayeux Tapestry
  • 7  Anglo-Saxon Women, Norman Knights and a 'Third Sex' in the Bayeux Embroidery
  • 8  Behind the Bayeux Tapestry
  • 9  Embroidery Errors in the Bayeux Tapestry and Their Relevance for Understanding Its Design and Production
  • 10  From Hasting to Hastings and Beyond: Inexorable Inevitability on the Bayeux Tapestry
  • 11  Pulling the Arrow Out: The Legend of Harold's Death and the Bayeux Tapestry
  • 12  The Bayeux Tapestry: A Selective Bibliography