After our disastrous day of reading yesterday, we started today with a wonderful book, “The Bayeux Tapestry”.
It restored my faith that there are a lot of quality books out there just waiting to be bought home.
The book tells the story of the Battle of Hastings using images from Bayeux Tapestry
(which isn’t actually a tapestry but an embroidered work)
as the visual backdrop.
The book is brilliantly created and we spent quite a long while poring over the pages.
Each page has two parts to it.
The first paragraph (in larger print) describes what is happening in the tapestry’s story
and the second paragraph (in smaller print) gives further details about the images and event.
Using the tapestry to tell the story in this way, somehow made the story more vivid and significant to us.
Twice we’d tried to watch a documentary about the Battle of Hastings
but had been nearly bored to tears by it and had to turn it off.
After reading this book, our interest in the event has been sparked
and we are now keen to watch that once dull documentary.
A great book should inspire you in this way,
driving you to seek out further information wherever you can find it.
Sadly this book is out of print and needs to be sourced secondhand.
The beauty of this, for us, was that the previous owner added gems to our treasure.
In the front, we found this newspaper clipper about a popular but menacing use of a Bayeux Tapestry postcard.
In the back was this comic, portraying English nobility leaving their French hosts, grumbling under their breath,
“Of all the nerve! Making us sit through the whole of their Bayeux Tapestries!”
The boys thought this was rather hilarious.
Then, when I was taking the photos for this blog post, I found another addition
– a Battle of Hastings 900th anniversary commemorative stamp from 1966
I absolutely love the idea of adding little related extras to books!
All round, this book was a glorious treasure!
I highly recommend it.