By R. Howard Bloch
The Bayeux Tapestry is the world’s most famed textile–an beautiful 230-foot-long embroidered landscape depicting the occasions surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. it's also one in every of history’s so much mysterious and compelling artworks. This haunting stitched account of the conflict that redrew the map of medieval Europe has encouraged goals of robbery, waves of nationalism, visions of unlimited strength, and esthetic rapture. In his attention-grabbing new ebook, Yale professor R. Howard Bloch unearths the background, the hidden that means, the deep attractiveness, and the iconic attract of this fantastic piece of cloth.
Bloch opens with a gripping account of the development that encouraged the Tapestry: the rapid, bloody conflict of Hastings, during which the Norman bastard William defeated the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold, and laid declare to England below his new identify, William the Conqueror. yet to really comprehend the relationship among conflict and embroidery, one needs to retrace the internet of foreign intrigue and scandal that climaxed at Hastings. Bloch demonstrates how, with remarkable intimacy and immediacy, the artisans who shaped this paintings of fabric artwork delivered to existence a second that modified the process British tradition and historical past.
Every age has adored the Tapestry for various purposes and skim new which means into its enigmatic phrases and photographs. French nationalists within the mid-nineteenth century, fired by way of Tapestry’s evocation of army glory, unearthed the misplaced French epic “The track of Roland,” which Norman troops sang as they marched to victory in 1066. because the Nazis tightened their grip on Europe, Hitler
sent a workforce to France to check the Tapestry, decode its Nordic components, and, on the finish of the warfare, with Paris below siege, carry the dear textile to Berlin. The richest horde of buried Anglo-Saxon treasure, the matchless great thing about Byzantine silk, Aesop’s unusual myth “The Swallow and the Linseed,” the colony that Anglo-Saxon nobles based within the center East following their defeat at Hastings–all are brilliantly woven into Bloch’s riveting narrative.
Seamlessly integrating Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Byzantine components, the Bayeux Tapestry ranks with Chartres and the Tower of London as a crowning success of medieval Europe. And but, greater than a piece of paintings, the Tapestry served because the suture that sure up the injuries of 1066.
Enhanced by means of a gorgeous full-color insert that comes with reproductions of the entire Tapestry, A Needle within the correct Hand of God will stand with The Professor and the Madman and How the Irish kept Civilization as a triumph of renowned heritage.
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