1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford

By Andrew Bridgeford

For greater than 900 years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved considered one of history's maximum dramas: the Norman Conquest of britain, culminating within the demise of King Harold on the conflict of Hastings in 1066. Historians have held for hundreds of years that the majestic tapestry trumpets the honor of William the Conqueror and the effective Normans. yet is that this actual? In 1066, an excellent piece of historic detective paintings, Andrew Bridgeford unearths a truly various tale that reinterprets and recasts the main decisive yr in English history.

Reading the tapestry as though it have been a written textual content, Bridgeford discovers a wealth of latest info subversively and ingeniously encoded within the threads, which seems to be to undermine the Norman standpoint whereas proposing a mystery story undetected for centuries-an account of the ultimate years of Anglo-Saxon England relatively assorted from the Norman version.

Bridgeford brings alive the turbulent eleventh century in western Europe, a global of bold warrior bishops, courtroom dwarfs, ruthless knights, and strong girls. 1066 deals readers an extraordinary surprise-a e-book that reconsiders a long-accepted masterpiece, and sheds new gentle on a pivotal bankruptcy of English heritage.

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The perspective suggests that he sat working high on the hill overlooking his city. He would not have known that he was creating a record of a place that was in the final years of its existence. Without his work our understanding of this civilization would have been so much poorer. The relationship between the mapmaker and the information he has to work with is a very interesting one. As the European powers vied with each other to explore the world known to them in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries this relationship was particularly important.

Setting up (Irade he Portuguese ships that left Lisbon and other Portuguese ports during the fifteenth century T had dual and complementary missions. They were exploring and mapping the African coast but they were also looking for every opportunity to return home with a hold full of goods that would enrich the captain, his crew and, importantly, the sponsors who had financed the voyage. With such small crews the usual way of achieving this was not through confrontation but rather through trading with indigenous people.

Everything else has been made subservient to conveying this information in a clear and uncluttered form. The Appian Way, from Rome to the Adriatic port of Brindisi, formed the backbone of the Roman road network, and can still be walked today. The orientation is distorted and inconsistent and the scale varies. While the distances are usually given in Roman miles, local variations are included - for example, leagues are used in Gaul (France). Even allowing for the famous directness of the Roman road builders they were not as straight as presented here, but did this really matter to the traveller walking or riding along them anymore than it does to us today?

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