The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations

June 2016
34 colour, 11 black and white illustrations
248 pages
24.4x17.2 cm
Boydell Press

The Bayeux Tapestry: New Interpretations

Edited by Martin K. Foys, Karen Eileen Overbey, Dan Terkla

New approaches to what is arguably the most famous artefact from the Middle Ages.
In the past two decades, scholarly assessment of the Bayeux Tapestry has moved beyond studies of its sources and analogues, dating, origin and purpose, and site of display. This volume demonstrates the value of more recent interpretive approaches to this famous and iconic artefact, by examining the textile's materiality, visuality, reception and historiography, and its constructions of gender, territory and cultural memory. The essays it contains frame discussions vital to the future of Tapestry scholarship and are complemented by a bibliography covering three centuries of critical writings.

Martin K. Foys is Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Karen Eileen Overbey is Associate Professor of Art History at Tufts University; Dan Terkla is Professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Contributors: Valerie Allen, Richard Brilliant, Shirley Ann Brown, Elizabeth Carson Pastan, Madeline H. Cavines, Martin K. Foys, Michael John Lewis, Karen Eileen Overbey, Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Dan Terkla, Stephen D. White.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fifty Years of [Re]Producing the Bayeux Tapestry
Problematizing Patronage: Odo of Bayeux and the Bayeux Tapestry - Elizabeth Carson Pastan and Stephen D White
Auctoritas, Consilium et Auxilium: Images of Authority in the Bayeux Tapestry - Shirley Ann Brown
Taking Place: Reliquaries and Territorial Authority in the Bayeux Embroidery - Karen Eileen Overbey
On the Nature of Things in the Bayeux Tapestry and its World - Valerie Allen
Making Sounds Visible in the Bayeux Tapestry - R. Brilliant
Anglo-Saxon Women, Norman Knights and a 'Third Sex' in the Bayeux Embroidery - Madeline H. Caviness
Behind the Bayeux Tapestry - Gale R. Owen-Crocker
Embroidery Errors in the Bayeux Tapestry and Their Relevance for Understanding Its Design and Production - Michael Lewis
From Hasting to Hastings and Beyond: Inexorable Inevitability on the Bayeux Tapestry - Daniel Terkla
Pulling the Arrow Out: The Legend of Harold's Death and the Bayeux Tapestry - Martin Foys
The Bayeux Tapestry: A Selective Bibliography - Daniel Terkla


This volume admirably demonstrates a fresh range of expert thinking. [It]is uniformly of interest and good value. JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

Unearth[s] valuable new facts. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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