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The political artistry of the Bayeux tapestry: a visual epic of Norman imperial ambitions

The political artistry of the Bayeux tapestry: a visual epic of Norman imperial ambitions

By John Michael Crafton
Edwin Mellen Press, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7734-5318-0

This work provides a critical review of the scholarship history of the Bayeux Tapestry before examining the Tapestry through a variety of interpretive lenses to elucidate its meaning and purpose. By examining the stylistic and story-telling qualities of the Tapestry, themes of conquest and Norman imperial ambitions are elucidated.

Table of Contents
Foreword by R. Howard Bloch
Acknowledgements
1  Naming and the Named: The Bayeux Tapestry as Performative Speech-Act
2  Of Trees, Dreams and Genes: Arboreal Genealogy and Imperial Unity
3  The Many and the One: The Paradox of Plurality in the Imperial Art of the Tapestry
4  Literature on the Edge: The Unwritten Narratives of the Bayeux Tapestry
5  The Bayeux Tapestry is Structured Like a Language
Bibliography
Index

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