Political Artistry of the Bayeux Tapestry

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This work provides a critical review of the scholarship history of the Bayeux Tapestry before examining the Tapestry through a variety of interpretive lenses to elucidate its meaning and purpose. By examining the stylistic and story-telling qualities of the Tapestry, themes of conquest and Norman imperial ambitions are elucidated.


“... a genuine contribution to Anglo-Norman, Medieval and Tapestry Studies ... the overall thesis concerning the unifying effects of the Bayeux Tapestry is plausible, solid and presented in a completely convincing display of erudition and imagination.” - Dr. R. Howard Bloch, Stirling Professor of French, Yale University

“Both provocative and enjoyable, Dr. Crafton’s The Political Artistry of the Bayeux Tapestry should be on the must-reading list for any one interested in the Bayeux Tapestry.” - Dr. Ordelle G. Hill, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, Eastern Kentucky University

“The book’s discussion of tapestry scholarship is responsible, even-handed, and even charitable, and Dr. Crafton’s ability to put scholarly disputes in perspective is both welcome and necessary to his analysis ... Dr. Crafton’s scrupulousness, fair-mindedness, and general good sense should make most readers, specialist and non-specialist, feel that they are in good hands.” - Professor Seteven R. Guthrie, English Department, Agnes Scott College

Table of Contents

Foreword by R. Howard Bloch
1 Naming and the Named: The Bayeux Tapestry as Performative Speech-Act
2 Of Trees, Dreams and Genes: Arboreal Genealogy and Imperial Unity
3 The Many and the One: The Paradox of Plurality in the Imperial Art of the Tapestry
4 Literature on the Edge: The Unwritten Narratives of the Bayeux Tapestry
5 The Bayeux Tapestry is Structured Like a Language

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