The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry (Calvados) is one of the greatest [if not the greatest] medieval artworks. It depicts the story of Harold, William the Conqueror, and the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidery, 70 metres long, made in the 11th century.

Below is an animation of the story of the tapestry. The animation starts approximately half-way through the Tapestry, just at the first recorded appearance of what we know as “Halley’s Comet” and concludes at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most famous works of art in the western world from medieval times.

Called in turn “Telle du Conquest” by the canons of the cathedral, “William’s Toilette” in the 18th century and even “Queen Matilda’s Tapestry” in the 19th century, this historic monument, a major documentary, retraces a series of events that took place in Normandy and in England in the second half of the 11th century.

It is listed as a  “MEMOIRE DU MONDE or “Memory of the World” by UNESCO.

Celebrating the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy, this linen canvas was embroidered after the Battle of Hastings on October 14th, 1066, probably in a monastery in the south of England.

Vikings ships, Norman and Saxon cavalries illustrate the exploits of William and his opponent Harold, another pretender to the throne of England.

Photography is banned in the hall displaying the Bayeux Tapestry. The most magnificent is probably the high-resolution image of the Tapetum Bagianum at the Bibliotheca Augustana.

Wikipedia also has photos of each scene at Bayeux Tapestry title.


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