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Was the Bayeux Tapestry Made in France?: The Case for St. Florent of Saumur

Was the Bayeux Tapestry Made in France?: The Case for St. Florent of Saumur

By George Beech
Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
ISBN: 1403966702

This book presents the hypothesis that the Bayeux tapestry, long believed to have been made in England, came from the Loire valley in France, from the abbey of St. Florent of Saumur. This is based on a number of different kinds of evidence, the most important of which is signs of a St. Florent/Breton influence in the portrayal of the Breton campaign in the tapestry, about a tenth of the whole.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Textile Workshop at Saint-Florent in the Eleventh Century
The Relationship between William the Conqueror and Abbot William of Saint-Florent
Saint-Florent and the Commissioning of the Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry and Romanesque Art from Western France
The Breton Campaign in the Tapestry and Abbot William of Saint-Florent
The Saint-Florent Hypothesis and Baudri of Bourgueil’s Poem to the Countess Adele
Conclusion

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