This book presents the hypothesis that the Bayeux tapestry, long believed to have been made in England, came from the Loire valley in France, from the abbey of St. Florent of Saumur. This is based on a number of different kinds of evidence, the most important of which is signs of a St. Florent/Breton influence in the portrayal of the Breton campaign in the tapestry, about a tenth of the whole.
'Beech...argues that the genius and craft behind the tapestry were most likely French...he suggests the tapestry may have subsequently left Blois and reached Bayeux in the middle of he 15th century as a gift passed between a succession of aristocrats.' - Steve Farrar, The Times Higher Educational Supplement
'Beech is to be commended for his courage, his fresh perspectives, and the solid investigation offered here.' - Prof. Dr. Albrecht Classen, Mediaevistik