The Bayeux Tapestry: Embroidering the Facts of History

The Bayeux Tapestry: Embroidering the Facts of History

Edited by Pierre Bouet, Brian Levy and François Neveux
Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2004
ISBN: 2841332136

This volume, published simultaneously in French and English,with reproductions of the Tapestry and other illustrations in colour, originated as an international colloquium held in October 1999 at the Cultural Centre of Cerisy-la-Salle, in Normandy.  It makes available to the wider public the fruits of research carried out over the past twenty years by some of the most eminent of Bayeux Tapestry scholars. The aim of the original colloquium was threefold : to reveal for the first time details of the work carried out by the team of textile specialists engaged in the full scientific study of the Tapestry in 1982-83 ; to publish the latest historical research on the events recorded by the Tapestry (with particular reference to its source material) ; and finally to analyse the various techniques involved in the creation of this unique work of art.

François Neveux: The Great Bayeux Tapestry Debate (19th-20th Centuries)
Shirley Ann Brown: The Bayeux Tapestry: A Critical Analysis of Publications 1988-1999
Sylvette Lemagnen: The Bayeux Tapestry under German Occupation
Hervé Pelvillain: Publication of Results of the Scientific and Technical Study 1982-1983
Nicole de Reyniès: Bayeux Tapestry or Bayeux Embroidery?
Marie-Hélène Didier: The Bayeux Tapestry: an Example of Textile Embroidery
Isabelle Bédat and Béatrice Girault-Kurtzeman: The Technical Study of the Bayeux Embroidery
Gabriel Vial: The Bayeux Embroidery and its Backing Strip
Brigitte Oger: Results of the Scientific Tests
Marjorie Chibnall: Orderic Vitalis and the Bayeux Tapestry
Elisabeth van Houts: The Echo of the Conquest in the Latin Sources: Duchess Matilda, her Daughters and the Enigma of the Golden Child
Gillette Labory: The Norman Conquest in the Grande Chronique de Normandie
François Neveux: The Bayeux Tapestry as Original Source
Pierre Bouet: Is the Bayeux Tapestry Pro-English?
Valerie I.J. Flint: The Bayeux Tapestry, the Bishop and the Laity
Olivier Renaudeau: The Bayeux Tapestry and its Depiction of Costume: The Problems of Interpretation
Anne-Marie Flambard Héricher: Archaeology and the Bayeux Tapestry
John France: The Importance of the Bayeux Tapestry for the History of War
Maylis Baylé: The Bayeux Tapestry and Decoration in North-Western Europe: Style and Composition
Brian J. Levy: Trifunctionality and Epic Patterning in the Bayeux Tapestry
Barbara English: The Coronation of Harold in the Bayeux Tapestry
David Hill: The Bayeux Tapestry: The Establishment of a Text

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