Weaving in the dramatic sequence of events portrayed by the Bayeux Tapestry, Peter Benson gives a striking impression of the politics, conflicts, and religious beliefs of the era. With this intricately wrought and absorbing novel, he has brought to life a fascinating period of English history. Bishop Odo, half-brother of William I, commissions a hanging to commemorate the King’s conquest of England. The man he chooses to design this tribute, Turold, a Norman renowned for his skill but not his temper, reluctantly travels to the convent in Winchester where nuns will implement his sketches. He’s accompanied by his old friend Rainald the monk, sent to liaise with the nuns and their abbess, and the narrator Robert, his young, devoted, and mute apprentice.