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The Mysteries of the Bayeaux Tapestry Cristina Figueredo - University of York Wednesday 10 July 2019

The Bayeux Tapestry celebrates the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy.  Viking-like ships, Norman cavalry and Saxon foot-soldiers illustrate the exploits of William the Conqueror and King Harold in their fight for the throne of England.  Although most of the scenes convey events which are relatively straightforward to construe, there have been difficulties in interpreting others: characters who cannot be identified, actions which do not appear to correspond to the narrative, etc. This lecture will examine the tapestry narrative and some of the anomalies found in it.

Cristina Figueredo received her MA in Medieval Literatures from the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York.  Having been granted the White Rose Studentship and an Overseas Research Student Award, she proceeded to complete a PhD on Medieval Studies at the Universities of York and Leeds. She has published in both English and Spanish on Medieval Literature and her edition of the Middle English romance Richard Coeur de Lion will shortly be published by Manchester University Press. She is currently a lecturer with the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of York, in the area of Medieval Studies and a Research Associate with the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York.