Bayeux Tapestry Bibliography – Books and Articles


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

A Needle in the Right Hand of God : the Norman conquest of 1066 and the making and meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece

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

The Bayeux Tapestry: Embroidering the Facts of History

King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry


We list academic articles about the Bayeux Tapestry, going back to 1990:

The alternation between present and past time in the telling of the Bayeux Tapestry story, by George T. Beech, Annales de Normandie, Vol. 58:1-2 (2008)

The Bayeux tapestry: the voice from the border, by Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Signs on the edge : space, text and margin in medieval manuscripts (2007)

Dress and authority in the Bayeux Tapestry, by Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Aspects of Power and Authority in the Middle Ages (2007)

Reading the Bayeux Tapestry through Canterbury eyes, by Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Anglo-Saxons: Studies Presented to Cyril Roy Hart (2006)

The embroidered word: text in the Bayeux Tapestry, by Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Medieval Clothing and Textiles, Vol.2 (2006)

An “old” conquest of England tapestry (possibly the Bayeux) owned by the rulers of France, England and Burgundy (1396-1430), by George T. Beech, Revue belge de philologie et d’histoire, Vol.83:4 (2005)

Could Duke Phillip the Good of Burgundy have owned the Bayeux Tapestry in 1430?, by George T. Beech, Revue belge de philologie et d’histoire, Vol.83:2 (2005)

Stitches in time: establishing a history of Anglo-Saxon embroidery, by Elizabeth Coatsworth, Medieval Clothing and Textiles, Vol.1 (2005)

Squawk talk: commentary by birds in the Bayeux Tapestry?, by Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Anglo-Saxon England, Vol. 34 (2005)

All’s well that ends: closure, hypertext, and the missing end of the Bayeux Tapestry, by Martin K. Foys, Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Vol. 15:1 (2003)

The Bayeux «Tapestry»: invisible seams and visible boundaries, by Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Anglo-Saxon England, Vol. 31 (2002)

The language of the Bayeux Tapestry inscription, by Ian Short, Anglo-Norman Studies, Vol.23 (2001)

The Bayeux Tapestry and schools of illumination at Canterbury, by Cyril Hart, Anglo-Norman Studies, Vol.22 (2000)

Was Count Eustace II of Boulogne the patron of the Bayeux Tapestry?, by Andrew Bridgeford, Journal of Medieval History, Vol.25:3 (1999)

Kingship-in-death in the Bayeux tapestry, by Victoria Thompson, Reading Medieval Studies, Vol.25 (1999)

The fables of the Bayeux Tapestry, by Gail Ivy Berlin, Unlocking the Wordhord: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Memory of Edward B. Irving, Jr. (1998)

The Bayeux Tapestry: the case of the phantom fleet, by David Hill, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, Vol. 80:1 (1998)

The Bayeux Tapestry and the representation of space, by Peter Lasko, Medieval Art: Recent Perspectives. A Memorial Tribute to C.R. Dodwell (1998)

Telling a tale: narrative techniques in the Bayeux Tapestry and the Old English epic Beowulf, by Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Medieval Art: Recent Perspectives. A Memorial Tribute to C.R. Dodwell (1998)

The Bayeux Tapestry: is there more to say?, by  Rouben C. Cholakian, Annales de Normandie, Vol.47:1 (1997)

John Collingwood Bruce and the Bayeux tapestry, by John H. Farrant, Archaeologia Aeliana: Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity, ser.5,25 (1997)

The Canterbury contribution to the Bayeux Tapestry, by Cyril Hart, Art and Symbolism in Medieval Europe: Papers of the “Medieval Europe Brugge 1997” Conference (1997)

A few comments on the archaeologists’ approach to the Bayeux iconography, by Martin Godja, Památky archeologické, Vol. 86:2 (1996)

The archaeology of the Bayeux Tapestry, by Clive Harfield, Památky archeologické, Vol. 86:2 (1996)

The Bayeux tapestry: epic narrative, not stichic but stitched, by Michael J. Swanton, The Formation of Culture in Medieval Britain: Celtic, Latin, and Norman Influences on English Music, Literature, History, and Art (1995)

Cut on the Norman bias: fabulous borders and visual glosses on the Bayeux tapestry, by Daniel Terkla, Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry, Vol.11:3 (1995)

The Adelae Comitissae of Baudri of Bourgeuil and the Bayeux Tapestry, by Shirley Ann Brown and Michael W. Herren, Anglo-Norman Studies, XVI (1994)

Burhgeat and gonfanon: two sidelights from the Bayeux Tapestry, by Derek F. Renn, Anglo-Norman Studies, XVI (1994)

The significance of the banquet scene in the “Bayeux Tapestry”, by Martha Rampton, Medievalia et humanistica, n.s.21 (1994)

The Germanic heroic tradition and the cultural context of the Bayeux Tapestry, by Alan D. Stephens, Medieval History, Vol.3 (1993)

The borders of the Bayeux tapestry, by Carola Hicks, England in the Eleventh Century: Proceedings of the 1990 Harlaxton Symposium (1992)

The Bayeux Tapestry through the centuries, by Sylvetter Lemagnen, Medieval World, Vol.4 (1992)

The Bayeux Tapestry: why Eustace, Odo and William?, by Shirle Ann Brown, Anglo-Norman Studies XII (1990)

The identity of the Lady Ælfgyva in the Bayeux Tapestry and some speculation regarding the hagiographer Goscelin, by John Gosling, Analecta Bollandiana: Revue critique d’hagiographie / A Journal of Critical Hagiography, Vol. 108:1-2 (1990)

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