Description - The Bayeux Tapestry by Carola Hicks
The vivid scenes on the Bayeux Tapestry depict the events leading up to the ABattle of Hasting sin 1066. It is one of Eruope's greatest treasures and its own story is full of drama and surprise. Who commissioned the tapestry? Was it Bishop Odo, William's ruthless half-brother? Or Harold's dynamic sister Edith, juggling for a place in the new court? Hicks shows us this world and the miracle of the tapestry's making- the stitches, dyes and strange details in the margins. For centuries it lay ignored in Bayeux catherdral until it's 'discovery' in the eighteenth centry. It became a symbol of power as well as art- townsfolk saved it during the French Revolution; Napoleon displayed it to promote his own conquest; the Nazis strove to make it their own; and its influence endures today. his marvellous book, packed with thrilling stories, shows how we remake history in every age and how a great work of art has a life of its own.
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(199mm x 131mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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Author Biography - Carola Hicks
The Bayeux Tapestry has been a constant fascination throughout Carola Hicks's career.She studied archaeology and art history at Edinburgh University, and then went on to write her PhD thesis on animal decorations in medieval art, including the Bayeux Tapestry. Later, as a research fellow at Cambridge University, she began to look at how Christian art adopted pagan animal themes, and wrote her first book, Animals in Early Medieval Art. When she was Curator of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely, she wrote Discovering Stained Glass. The reception of women's art has become a major interest for her, and in 2001 she wrote the acclaimed Improper Pursuits, a biography of the eighteenth-century artist and designer Lady Di Beauclerk. Carola is now Director of Studies at Newnham College, Cambridge.