An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry

The Landscapes, Buildings and Places

Trevor Rowley

Date Published :
November 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
ca 150 Illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781593806
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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ISBN : 9781526796691
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
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An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry provides a unique reexamination of this famous piece of work through the historical geography and archaeology of the tapestry. Trevor Rowley is the first author to have analyzed the tapestry through the landscapes, buildings and structures shown, such as towns and castles, while comparing them to the landscapes, buildings, ruins and earthworks which can be seen today. By comparing illustrated extracts from the tapestry to historical and contemporary illustrations, maps and reconstructions, Rowley is able to provide the reader with a unique visual setting against which they are able to place the events on the tapestry.

This approach allows Rowley to challenge a number of generally accepted assumptions regarding the location of several scenes in the tapestry, most controversially suggesting that William may never have gone to Hastings at all. Finally, Rowley tackles the missing end of the tapestry, suggesting the places and events which would have been depicted on this portion of William’s journey to Westminster.

About The Author

Trevor Rowley was formerly Deputy Director of Continuing Education at Oxford University. He is now Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He has travelled and lectured widely in Europe and the United States and has directed excavations and fieldwork projects in England and France. He is the author of more than a dozen books on the Normans and on landscape history.


"We all know what the Bayeux Tapestry celebrates in its iconic artwork, but Trevor Rowley goes one step further and looks at the buildings and characters with a view actually identifying them! Absolutely fascinating, brings a whole new dimension to the study of this amazing artefact."

- Books Monthly

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