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

By Andrew Bridgeford

For greater than 900 years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved certainly one of history's maximum dramas: the Norman Conquest of britain, culminating within the loss of life of King Harold on the conflict of Hastings in 1066. Historians have held for hundreds of years that the majestic tapestry trumpets the honour of William the Conqueror and the effective Normans. yet is that this precise? In 1066, a super piece of historic detective paintings, Andrew Bridgeford finds a really assorted 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 recent info subversively and ingeniously encoded within the threads, which seems to undermine the Norman perspective whereas providing a mystery story undetected for centuries-an account of the ultimate years of Anglo-Saxon England rather diverse from the Norman version.

Bridgeford brings alive the turbulent eleventh century in western Europe, an international of bold warrior bishops, courtroom dwarfs, ruthless knights, and robust ladies. 1066 bargains readers a unprecedented surprise-a booklet that reconsiders a long-accepted masterpiece, and sheds new gentle on a pivotal bankruptcy of English historical past.

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They might almost be called specialized dictionaries or thesauruses, which group together all the words for different kinds of wood, for example, or for the different professions. This last list is especially interesting, as the first example is found in the Uruk period, and the text continues almost unchanged for generations. The legible later texts demonstrate that the list is arranged hierarchically, with the king or lord as the first entry. Each group of specialists is then grouped under its own headman or leader.

The possibility of a second floor, or of access to the roof, is suggested by three narrow, parallel rooms in one corner of the The Earliest Levels at Ur 25 building, which appear to have supported a stair. The central hall was roofed, and the roof was supported on two rows of square pillars. 58 metres was used to plan the building. ) The second tradition is best exemplified by houses from a site called Abada, east of the Tigris in the Jebel Hamrin. Here, unusually, we have almost the whole plan of a small village.

There must also have been a considerable investment of resources, not only human, but also in the planning and laying out of the buildings. Timber for building had to be brought in from foreign parts, and a massive catering operation organized to feed the workers. The rapid development of recording systems and of a professional bureaucracy during the Uruk period must surely be related to the logistics of such huge public works. With all this magnificence at Uruk, it has to be admitted that the evidence from Ur is pathetic by comparison.

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