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The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry

Did you know that the 14th October marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings?

So what? I hear you ask…this is just ancient history.

It is significant for a number of reasons. Losing this battle altered the course of history, transforming England forever:

  • The last time Britain was successfully defeated and ruled by a foreign power.
  • The reason that we have so many French words in our English language.
  • The French culture influenced England and Britain as a whole.
  • The monarchy became more powerful and autonomous
  • The introduction of the Feudal System to England. The king gifted a plot of land called a Fief, to his Norman barons in exchange for their unreserved loyalty.

The Battle of Hastings in 1066, was a battle between the English and the Norman-French that boiled down to a squabble over secession of the English throne.

Following the death of the childless English King Edward the Confessor in January of 1066, there were many questions as to who would be the next to rule England. Edward had promised the throne to William, Duke of Normandy (Edward’s distant cousin) in 1051.

However, upon his death bed Edward changed his mind and promised the crown to his wife’s (Edith's) brother - Harold Godwinson, the powerful Earl of Wessex. He became King Harold II of England.

William’s army defeated and killed Harold at the battle, which took place to the north west of the town of Hastings. William the Conqueror’s invasion of England will be marked by many events and a new contemporary arts festival. Take a look here…why not attend one of the events which take place throughout September and October:

The historical events leading up to the Norman Conquest are depicted in an amazing piece of wall art, the Bayeux Tapestry. This is a wall hung embroidered cloth which is nearly 70 metres (230 feet) long and 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall.

Take a look at the Tapestry in detail via this link. Scroll across to view the whole tapestry story at the foot of the page:

The Bayeux Tapestry - A Guide

Scrollable image of the Bayeux Tapestry with latin text, translation and commentary.

Nothing is known for certain about the tapestry’s origins. The Bayeux Tapestry was probably commissioned in the 1070s by Bishop Odo of Bayeux, half-brother of William the Conqueror. Some historians argue that it was embroidered in Kent, England. The original Bayeux Tapestry is preserved and displayed in Bayeux, in Normandy, France.

This is large wall art at its magnificent best, but you would need a wall at least 70 metres long.
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