Press Release: The Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry
Carola Hicks and Sylvette Lemagnen
‘A unique visual record of an event that changed history’
This unique volume from The Folio Society brings together two works
and superb colour photographs to provide both a comprehensive historical
background and a detailed description of the Bayeux Tapestry. Hicks’s
compelling account of the Tapestry’s creation and history is followed by
an extensive scene-by-scene analysis of its content by Bayeux Museum
curator Sylvette Lemagnen.
Hicks’s ‘biography’ begins with a riveting description of the events
portrayed in the Tapestry, and goes on to explore theories about its
patrons and how it was made. But this is just the beginning of this
artwork’s fascinating history. Hicks traces its progress through the ages:
for centuries it lay ignored in Bayeux Cathedral, until it was ‘discovered’
in the 18th century. It went on to become a symbol of power and a
propaganda tool – saved by townsfolk during the French Revolution, used by Napoleon to promote his own conquest and claimed by the Nazis as a piece of Aryan art.
In the second part of The Bayeux Tapestry, Sylvette Lemagnen takes the
reader through the Tapestry frame by frame, explaining the context behind each scene and drawing our attention to features of particular interest – not just the iconic moments, such as Harold being pierced by an arrow or the appearance of Halley’s Comet, but the smaller details and incidents of drama. The result is a thorough and absorbing interpretation of one of the most celebrated artefacts in history.
Together, these studies offer a rounded picture of the Tapestry, detailing what we have learned from the artefact itself – the gestures of the figures, the inscriptions, the border motifs and the evidence of repairs. The images of the Tapestry that accompany Lemagnen’s commentary, sourced from the Bayeux Museum, capture all the colour, detail and texture of the original embroidered cloth.
The Bayeux Tapestry offers a wonderful opportunity to explore and enjoy this medieval masterpiece.
Bound in buckram blocked with a design by Neil Packer.
Set in Poliphilus. 416 pages. Frontispiece, 12 pages of colour plates and a 68-page scene-by-scene commentary.
12 integrated black & white illustrations. Blocked slipcase. 10˝ x 6¾˝.
UK £75.00 US $120.00 Can $150.00 Aus $150.00
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