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Carola Hicks

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Carola Hicks, an acclaimed art historian, and witty, perceptive writer, died in 2010 just as she was finishing Girl in a Green Gown: The History and Mystery of the Arnolfini Portrait. Born in Sussex, Carola studied archaeology at Edinburgh University, and was an actress, journalist and House of Commons Researcher, before taking up an academic career. For several years she was curator of the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral, and then became a Fellow and Director of Studies in art history at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her books include Animals in Early Medieval Art, Improper Pursuits: The Scandalous Life of Lady Di Beauclerk, and two fine 'biographies' of works of art: The Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece and The King's Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art.

Books by Carola Hicks

Girl in a Green Gown

A fascinating exploration of one our best loved paintings, and the strange, dramatic history of its owners through time. Foreword by Grayson Perry.

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The King's Glass

Monarchs and makers. The tense, captivating story of the glorious windows of the King's College Chapel, Cambridge.

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The Bayeux Tapestry

The story of the Bayeux Tapestry - its origins and making, but also its long and dramatic afterlife, from 1066 to Napoleon, Nazi raids and modern adverts

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