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The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is a pictorial record of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, and of the events which led up to the Norman Conquest of England.

Tradition held that the tapestry was made by Queen Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, and her ladies. Modern scholarship suggests it was commissioned by Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, and made by Anglo-Saxon craftsmen.

The full Bayeux Tapestry is 20 inches high and 230 feet long. It is an important historical record, both because of the events it portrays, and for the little pieces of propaganda that are included.

For example, at his coronation, England’s King Harold is shown seated next to the corrupt Bishop Stigand, rather than Bishop Alfred, who actually crowned the King, attacking the legitimacy of Harold’s right to rule.

The tapestry begins with the journey of King Harold to Normandy, leading to his capture, and all the intervening events, culminating in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The tapestry is displayed in a museum in Bayeux.

Based on the original, these Bayeaux Tapestry series and scenes are striking pieces of medieval art. They are unique works that portray of life and times of this period in medieval history.
Bayeux
Bayeux
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Bayeux Banquet
Bayeux Banquet
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Bayeux Banquet Detail
Bayeux Banquet Detail
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Bayeux Chevaliers
Bayeux Chevaliers
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Bayeux Edward
Bayeux Edward
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Bayeux Mont St Michel
Bayeux Mont St Michel
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Bayeux Mont St Michel II
Bayeux Mont St Michel II
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Bayeux Navigio
Bayeux Navigio
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Bayeux Navigio Mare
Bayeux Navigio Mare
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Bayeux William Navigio
Bayeux William Navigio
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Bayeux William Navigio II
Bayeux William Navigio II
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Guillaume Le Conquerant
Guillaume Le Conquerant
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King Harold - no border
King Harold - no border
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The Armada
The Armada
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The Battle
The Battle
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William Embarks - no border
William Embarks - no border
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William Embarks - with border
William Embarks - with border
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