Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Bayeux Tapestry

While working on Viking Invasion of Britain, Part I and Part II, I came across the Bayeux (bye-yuh) Tapestry, a 230 ft long embroidered cloth. 230 ft longggg. The cloth depicts the Norman conquest of England which involved William the Conqueror and Harold Godwin in the events leading up the Battle of Hastings.

The origins of the tapestry are unknown and it is still wildly speculated on its creation. Some say it was commissioned by Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror's wife. Others believe it could have been commissioned by William's half-brother, Bishop Odo or Edith Wessex, wife to Edward the Confessor. It is believed to have been created in 1070-1077 by Anglo-Saxon artists as the text and types of dyes used suggest.

It is on display at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux, Normandy, France.

Also, this is kind of weird/cool and you can see the entire tapestry: