Lester-Makin, A. (2019), The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World: the sacred and secular power of embroidery, Ancient Textiles Series 35, Oxford: Oxbow Press.


Lester-Makin, A. (2020), ‘Embroidery and its early medieval audience: a case study of sensory engagement’, World Archaeology (online).

Dahl, Camilla Luise, and Lester, A. M. (2008), ‘Appendix 6.2: The Embroidery on St. Brigitta’s Cap’, Medieval Clothing and Textiles, 4, pp. 135-142.

Book Chapters

Lester-Makin, A. (2021), ‘The Embroidered Fragments from the Tomb of Bishop William of St Calais, Durham: An Analysis and Biography’, in Art and Worship in the Insular World: papers in honour of Elizabeth Coatsworth, Leiden: Brill, pp. 170-205.

Lester-Makin, A. (2021), ‘The Bayeux Tapestry as an Artefact of Cultural Transfer’, in Les Transferts Culturels dans les Mondes Normands Médiévaux (VIIIe – XIIe Siècle), Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 95-115.

Lester-Makin, A. (2016), ‘The Front tells the Story; the Back tells the History: a technical discussion of the embroidering of the Bayeux Tapestry’ in Making Sense of the Bayeux Tapestry: Readings and Reworkings, Making Sense of the Bayeux Tapestry: readings and reworkings, Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 23-40.

Conference Proceedings

Lester-Makin, A. (2018), ‘L’endroit raconte l’histoire, l’envers dit l’Histoire. Une discussion technique de travail de broderie de la Tapisserie de Bayeux’, Actes du Colloque (Bayeux: Bayeux Museums).

Lester-Makin, A. (2017), ‘Looped Stitch: the travels and development of an embroidery stitch’, in The Daily Lives of the Anglo-Saxons, Essays in Anglo- Saxon Studies 8, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 519 (Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), pp. 119-136.

Popular Publications & Short Reports

Lester-Makin, Alexandra, ‘Textiles in Early Medieval England: part 2 function’, The Crown Prints (Society for Creative Anachronism) (December 2020), pp. 12-13.

Lester-Makin, Alexandra, ‘Textiles in Early Medieval England: part 1 production’, The Crown Prints (Society for Creative Anachronism) (November 2020), pp. 8-9.

Lester-Makin, Alexandra, ‘The making of the Bayeux Tapestry: who made it, how long did it take, and how has it survived?’, BBC History Extra (October 2019),

Lester-Makin, Alexandra, ‘Will the Bayeux Tapestry actually come to Britain? The experts will decide’, in BBC History Magazine (May 2018), p. 13.

Book reviews

Lester-Makin, A. (2017), ‘Kate Dimitrova and Margaret Goehring (eds) (2014), Dressing the Part: Textiles as Propaganda in the Middle Ages’, (Turnhout: Brepols), in Coat of Arms.

Lester-Makin, A. (2015-16), ‘Louise M. Sylvester, Mark C. Chambers and Gale R. Owen-Crocker (eds) (2014), Medieval Dress and Textiles in Britain: A Multilingual Sourcebook (Boydell Press, Woodbridge)’, in Text for the Study of Textile Art, Design and History, 43.

Lester-Makin, A.  (2013),‘Margaret Scott (2011), Fashion in the Middle Ages (The J. Paul Getty Museum: Los Angeles)’, CERH European Review of History: Reuve eurpeene d’histoire, 20.

Encyclopaedia and Exhibition Catalogue Entries

Makin, A. (2017), ‘Motte-and-Bailey Castle inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry’, in Stuart Southall, Tim Craven, Steve Marshall, Anne Anderson, Andy King and Roy Porter (eds), Capture the Castle: British Artists and the castle from Turner to Le Brun, Bristol: Sansom and Company, p. 56.

Lester-Makin, A. (2012), ‘Stitches: embroidery seams and line stitches’ and ‘Stitches: filling stitches and other embroidery techniques’, in Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth and Maria Hayward (eds),  Encyclopedia of Dress and Textiles in the British Isles c. 450-1450, Leiden: Brill, pp 547-564.


Coatsworth, E. and Owen-Crocker, G. R. (2018), Clothing the Past: surviving garments from early medieval to early modern western Europe, Leiden: Brill.

Coatsworth, E. (2016), ‘Opus What? The Textual History of Medieval Embroidery Terms and Their Relationship to the Surviving Embroideries’, in Maren Clegg Hyer and Jill Frederick (eds), Textiles, Text, Intertext essays in honour of Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Woodbridge: Boydell Press.

Coatsworth, E. and Owen-Crocker, G. (2007), Medieval Textiles of the British Isles AD 450-1100: an annotated bibliography (BAR British Series), Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.

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