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The Bayeux Tapestry and the Conquest of England

William and Harold in 1064 – from the Bayeux Tapestry

with Dr Sam Newton

at Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo (map)
on Saturday 14th June, 2008

In this study-day we shall explore the magnificent embroidery known as the Bayeux Tapestry, the most important work of narrative art of the eleventh century and one of the major sources of Anglo-Norman culture. We shall attempt to unravel the great story it tells of the Norman conquest in the light of contemporary art and literature, especially the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

Provisional Programme
  10.00 Coffee on arrival  
  10.15 Earl Harold, Duke William, and the Last of the Line of Alfred  
  11.15 Coffee  
  11.40 The Oath Sworn at Bayeux, 1064  
  12.40 Lunch break  
  14:00 The Oath Broken at Westminster, 1066  
  15:00 Tea break  
  15:15 The Judgement of God  
  16:15 Close  

About Dr Sam Newton

Sam Newton was awarded his Ph.D at the University of East Anglia in 1991 and published his first book, The Origins of Beowulf and the pre-Viking Kingdom of East Anglia, in 1993, which has been reprinted three times since. He has lectured widely around the country as a free-lance scholar and has also contributed to many television and radio programmes. His latest book, The Reckoning of King Rædwald, was published in 2003. He is currently a Director of Wuffing Education, NADFAS lecturer, and Time Team historian.

Some suggestions for further reading
(useful but not essential)

Allen Brown, R., The Normans and the Norman Conquest (London 1969)
Allen Brown, R., Castles from the Air (Cambridge 1989)
Barlow, F., Edward the Confessor (London 1970; Yale 1997)
Barlow, F., The Godwins (Perarson Longman 2002)
Backhouse, J. (ed.), The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art (British Museum, 1984)
Bridgeford, A., 1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry (Walker 2005)
Brooke, C., The Saxon and Norman Kings (Glasgow 1963).
DeVries, K., The Norwegian Invasion of England in 1066 (Woodbridge 1999)
Heyer, G., The Conqueror (Heineman 1931; Arrow 2005)
Hicks, C., The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece (Chatto & Windus 2006)
Higham, N., The Death of Anglo-Saxon England (Stroud 1997)
Higham, R. & P. Barker, Timber Castles (London 1992; Exeter 2004)
Howard Bloch, R., A Needle in the Right Hand of God: The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry (Random House 2006)
Jones, G., A History of the Vikings (2nd Edition, Oxford 1984)
Liddiard, R. (ed.), Anglo-Norman Castles (Woodbridge 2003)
Liddiard, R., Castles in Context (Windgather 2005)
Magnusson, Magnus, & Hermann Pálsson, King Harald's Saga (Penguin Classics 1966)
Muntz, H., The Golden Warrior: the story of Harold and William (Chatto & Windus 1950)
Musset, L., The Bayeux Tapestry, tr. R.Rex (Boydell 2005).
Swanton, M.(ed. & tr.), The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Dent 1996; Phoenix 2000)
Williams, A., The English and the Norman Conquest (Boydell 1995)
Wilson, D., The Bayeux Tapestry (Thames & Hudson 1985)


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