A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry, R. Howard Bloch
  • List: $16.99  |  Sale: $11.89
    Club: $8.49
    • Facebook Share
    • Twitter Share
    • Pinterest Share

Details

A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry

Author: R. Howard Bloch

Narrator: Stephen Hoye

Unabridged: 7 hr 11 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 02/01/2007

Genre: Art - European

Synopsis

The Bayeux Tapestry is the world's most famous textile—an exquisite 230-foot-long embroidered panorama depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is also one of history's most mysterious and compelling works of art. This haunting stitched account of the battle that redrew the map of medieval Europe has inspired dreams of theft, waves of nationalism, visions of limitless power, and esthetic rapture. In his fascinating new book, Yale professor R. Howard Bloch reveals the history, the hidden meaning, the deep beauty, and the enduring allure of this astonishing piece of cloth. Bloch opens with a gripping account of the event that inspired the Tapestry: the swift, bloody Battle of Hastings, in which the Norman bastard William defeated the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold, and laid claim to England under his new title, William the Conqueror. But to truly understand the connection between battle and embroidery, one must retrace the web of international intrigue and scandal that climaxed at Hastings. Bloch demonstrates how, with astonishing intimacy and immediacy, the artisans who fashioned this work of textile art brought to life a moment that changed the course of British culture and history. Every age has cherished the Tapestry for different reasons and read new meaning into its enigmatic words and images. French nationalists in the mid-nineteenth century, fired by the Tapestry's evocation of military glory, unearthed the lost French epic "The Song of Roland," which Norman troops sang as they marched to victory in 1066. As the Nazis tightened their grip on Europe, Hitler sent a team to France to study the Tapestry, decode its Nordic elements, and, at the end of the war, with Paris under siege, bring the precious cloth to Berlin. The richest horde of buried Anglo-Saxon treasure, the matchless beauty of Byzantine silk, Aesop's strange fable "The Swallow and the Linseed," the colony that Anglo-Saxon nobles founded in the Middle East following their defeat at Hastings—all are brilliantly woven into Bloch's riveting narrative. Seamlessly integrating Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Byzantine elements, the Bayeux Tapestry ranks with Chartres and the Tower of London as a crowning achievement of medieval Europe. And yet, more than a work of art, the Tapestry served as the suture that bound up the wounds of 1066. A Needle in the Right Hand of God will stand with The Professor and the Madman and How the Irish Saved Civilization as a triumph of popular history.

Recommended

The Advisor Playbook, Duncan MacPherson and Chris Jeppesen
The Advisor Playbook
by Duncan MacPherson and Chris Jeppesen

The Advisor Playbook: Regain liberation and order in your personal and professional life Practice management is often misunderstood. The Advisor Playbook will take the mystery away. Practice management is confused with marketing, or is limited to s...

Narrator: Duncan MacPherson and Chris Jeppesen
Published: 11/09/2016

In Our Image: After Our Likeness, Bill Sullivan
In Our Image: After Our Likeness
by Bill Sullivan

Why does man exist? In the gears of reality and eternity there is a very promising reason. And the perspectives from which it is told includes that of a profound individual. He is a most powerful extradimentional being that has been around for milli...

Narrator: Bill Sullivan
Published: 07/12/2016

The Lost Painting, Jonathan Harr
The Lost Painting
by Jonathan Harr

Told with consummate skill by the writer of the bestselling, award-winning A Civil Action, The Lost Painting is a remarkable synthesis of history and detective story.  An Italian village on a hilltop near the Adriatic coast, a de...

Narrator: Campbell Scott
Published: 10/25/2005

Caveat Emptor The Secret Life of an American Art Forger, Ken Perenyi
Caveat Emptor
by Ken Perenyi

The true story of America's greatest art forger! Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality l...

Narrator: Dan Butler
Published: 05/01/2013

MADE IN NAPLES & THE AMALFI COAST, Laura Morelli
MADE IN NAPLES & THE AMALFI COAST
by Laura Morelli

Don't buy anything in Naples, Italy or the Amalfi Coast until you read this book! Every trip needs a souvenir. When you encounter limoncello, handmade cameos, or the famous nativities of Naples, Italy, you'll be tempted to take a part of the this ...

Narrator: Laura Morelli
Published: 10/24/2016

The Addiction Formula | A holistic approach to writing captivating, memorable hit songs (2nd edition), Friedemann Findeisen
The Addiction Formula | A holistic approach to writing captivating, memorable hit songs (2nd edition)
by Friedemann Findeisen

Discover The Songwriting Technique Used In 97% Of All Hit Songs How To Use Subtle Psychological Triggers To Captivate ANY Audience. Writing Pop, Rock, RnB or Hip Hop has never been easier or more fun. Master The Art Of Writing Addicting Songs Mus...

Narrator: Friedemann Findeisen
Published: 10/17/2017

Vanished Smile The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa, R.A. Scotti
Vanished Smile
by R.A. Scotti

On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened–Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than twenty-four hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pab...

Narrator: Kathe Mazur
Published: 04/07/2009

The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star, Nikki Sixx
The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition
by Nikki Sixx

In honor of the ten-year anniversary of The Heroin Diaries, Nikki Sixx’s definitive and bestselling memoir on drug addiction is now available on audio for the first time, read by Nikki Sixx! This shocking, gripping, and at times darkly hilario...

Narrator: Nikki Sixx
Published: 10/24/2017

MADE IN VENICE, Laura Morelli
MADE IN VENICE
by Laura Morelli

Going to Venice, Italy? Don't buy anything in Venice until you read this book! If you're traveling to Venice, Italy, you want to go home with a special souvenir: a piece of Murano glass, a work of Burano lace, a carnival mask, or one of the city's ...

Narrator: Laura Morelli
Published: 10/24/2016
{"id":"240550","ean":"9781400173716","abr":"Unabridged","title":"A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry","subtitle":"The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry","author":"R. Howard Bloch","rating_average":"0","narrator":"Stephen Hoye","ubr_id":"240550","abr_id":"0","ubr_price":"16.99","abr_price":"0.00","ubr_memprice":"10.19","abr_memprice":"0.00","ubr_narrator":"Stephen Hoye","abr_narrator":"","ubr_length":"Unabridged: 7 hr ","abr_length":"Abridged: "}