Brown Shirley Ann, The Bayeux Tapestry. Bayeux, Médiathèque municipale: Ms. 1

Brown Shirley Ann, The Bayeux Tapestry. Bayeux, Médiathèque municipale: Ms. 1. A Sourcebook, Turnhout, Brepols (Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin, vol. 9), 2013, CVI-316 p. ISBN: 9782503549170

Compte rendu par/Review by : George T. Beech


Date : 18 Dec 2014

In 1988 Shirley Ann Brown (SAB) published a bibliography of scholarly writings on the Bayeux Tapestry, then in 2004 she updated this with regard to publications since 1988. Here she has come out with a bibliography of writings on the tapestry from the outset – the discovery of the hanging in the early 18th century – until the present along with several essays on related topics. She begins with a brief (p. XVII–XIX) “Physical Description” of the tapestry, then, just as she did in her 1988 Bibliography, she tells the fascinating story as to how this monument, apparently unknown to contemporaries from the 11th to the 17th century, was discovered in the cathedral of Bayeux early in the 18th: “The History of the Bayeux Tapestry” (p. XXI–LII). Step by step she recounts how successive generations of scholars down to the 20th century gradually came to appreciate how extraordinary this embroidery was as a work of art and historical document, the first finders having been unaware of how old and important it was.

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