1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford

By Andrew Bridgeford

For greater than 900 years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved one in every of history's maximum dramas: the Norman Conquest of britain, culminating within the demise of King Harold on the conflict of Hastings in 1066. Historians have held for hundreds of years that the majestic tapestry trumpets the consideration of William the Conqueror and the effective Normans. yet is that this precise? In 1066, a super piece of old detective paintings, Andrew Bridgeford finds a truly assorted tale that reinterprets and recasts the main decisive 12 months in English history.

Reading the tapestry as though it have been a written textual content, Bridgeford discovers a wealth of latest details subversively and ingeniously encoded within the threads, which seems to undermine the Norman standpoint whereas featuring a mystery story undetected for centuries-an account of the ultimate years of Anglo-Saxon England relatively assorted from the Norman version.

Bridgeford brings alive the turbulent eleventh century in western Europe, a global of bold warrior bishops, court docket dwarfs, ruthless knights, and strong ladies. 1066 deals readers an extraordinary surprise-a e-book that reconsiders a long-accepted masterpiece, and sheds new mild on a pivotal bankruptcy of English heritage.

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8 Pest-Buda started to become a real capital city at the end of the eighteenth century, when the rate of urbanization speeded up, reaching fruition in the Age of Reform in the first half of the nineteenth century. Let us look at the figures. The population of Pest-Buda, including Obuda (Old Buda), tripled between the 1787 census and 1848, from 50,000 to 150,000. Within this increase, Buda's population grew by 63 percent while Pest's almost quintupled. Development was sluggish, almost stagnant in the districts of Buda, except Krisztinavaros (250 percent), to the west of the historical center on Castle Hill.

51 These inventories of estates point to the flats being congested. With fifteen to twenty items recorded per room and sixty to a hundred ,per apartment, counting the suites as one item and the carpets and cushions in each room often likewise, these middle-class homes were plainly stuffed with furniture. So what can the furnishings of a bourgeois home at the turn of the century have been like? An attempt has been made, with the help of inventories of es­ tates, literary descriptions, and price lists to compile a list of what can be con­ sidered typical, although it must be realized that a real home would alter ac­ cording to changes in the number, ages, financial position, and rank of family members, and with widowhood, divorce, and marriage; furniture would be re­ placed, and the function of certain rooms could change, too, over a period of time.

Construction in the inner areas was not in a grid of blocks divided by side streets, but in rows of contiguous houses interrupted relatively infrequently by cross streets, which would have raised the cost of construction. 39 Apart from the Varosliget (City Park) and Nepliget (People's Park), which were on the edge of the city at the time, the bleak stones of Pest were unrelieved by more than a few pockets of green or small squares, except for the trees lining the Nagykoriit and IJlloi ut. In terms of parks and gardens, Pest was far behind the major European capitals.

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