Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations

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The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations, ed. Martin K. Foys, Karen Eileen Overbey, and Dan Terkla (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2009). xvi + 216 pp.; 10 illustrations, 35 colour plates. ISBN 978-1-84383-470-0. £50.00. An interdisciplinary collection that reflects and promotes the movement of scholarship on the Bayeux Tapestry beyond traditional considerations of sources and analogues, date and origin, purpose, and site of display. Four essays focus on the visual and material: Michael John Lewis identifies seven embroidery mistakes (hitherto unnoticed) and Gale R. Owen-Crocker explores the contributions to interpretative questions made by the reverse of the Tapestry. Richard Brilliant considers how the Tapestry visually represents sound, while Shirley Ann Brown surveys how images of power on the Tapestry reinforce traditional notions of privilege and authority. Further new approaches are offered by Karen Eileen Overbey, who examines the construction of sacred space in the Tapestry in relation to the role of relics and oams in constructing William's authority, and Madeline H. …

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