By Andrew Bridgeford
For greater than 900 years the Bayeux Tapestry has preserved certainly one 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 distinction of William the Conqueror and the successful Normans. yet is that this real? In 1066, a super piece of historic detective paintings, Andrew Bridgeford finds a truly diversified 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 info subversively and ingeniously encoded within the threads, which seems to be to undermine the Norman standpoint whereas proposing a mystery story undetected for centuries-an account of the ultimate years of Anglo-Saxon England relatively various from the Norman version.
Bridgeford brings alive the turbulent eleventh century in western Europe, an international of formidable warrior bishops, court docket dwarfs, ruthless knights, and robust girls. 1066 deals readers a unprecedented surprise-a ebook that reconsiders a long-accepted masterpiece, and sheds new mild on a pivotal bankruptcy of English background.
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Nothing could have served their turn better, as all the principal Marranos of the region were placed in their power at a single stroke. A series of arrests was carried out. Many of the richest and most honorable citizens of Seville, including several magistrates and other civic dignitaries, were involved. They were hurriedly tried and condemned to death. The first-fruits were seen on February 6, 1481, when the first Act of Faith6 was held, six men and women being burned alive. The sermon was preached by Fray Alonso de Hojeda, who was thus enabled to see the triumphant results of the agitation which he had been carrying on for so many years.
He condemned it therefore repeatedly, in Bulls of 1449 and 1451, besides excommunicating those responsible for promulgating it. Its real importance, however, lay in the attitude of mind which it expressed; and this could not be so easily eradicated. In proceeding against the leaders of the Toledo outbreak, Alvaro de Luna had been lukewarm; for he suspected that the New Christians were implicated in the intrigues against himself. This was in part true; and some influential members of the class sat in the court which condemned him to death in 1453.
Thus, the Spanish Inquisition became unified under one central control. Under Torquemada’s direction, activities in Castile became more and more severe. 9 Both were sent to Rome for trial. The former died, apparently before sentence could be promulgated; the latter was deposed and degraded from orders, dying in prison in the Castle of St. Angelo. It does not appear that in either case the accusations were based upon anything more than personal enmity. In the kingdom of Aragon, notwithstanding the fact that the Inquisition had already been at work in the thirteenth century, there was great resistance to the introduction of the institution on the Castilian model.
1066: The Hidden History in the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford