Hicks, Carola - The Bayeux Tapestry - ( Item 125346 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2016. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Bound in buckram blocked with a design by Neil Packer. Set in Poliphilus. 348 pages. Frontispiece, 12 pages of colour plates, 12 integrated black & white illustrations and a 68-page scene-by-scene commentary. Blocked slipcase 10? x 6¾?. Acclaimed art historian Carola Hicks opens her ‘life story of a masterpiece’ – the first part of this engaging book – with a collection of quotes about the Tapestry from well-known figures from history. Winston Churchill notes that it is a ‘story told with irresistible charm’, while Charles Dickens takes a less enthused view, stating that the Tapestry is ‘the work of very feeble amateurs’; Napoleon Bonaparte insisted that it recorded ‘one of the most memorable deeds of the French nation’, while Heinrich Himmler claimed that the Tapestry was ‘important for our glorious and cultured Germanic history’. Such a range of voices and reactions seems appropriate for one of the world’s most famous artefacts. Throughout its long life its very origins have fuelled controversy; it has been lost and found, dismissed and treasured, used as a propaganda tool and spirited through war zones. In short, the Tapestry’s history is almost as dramatic as the events it depicts.
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