Humanities Textual Analysis Draft 2

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Laura Dunn Humanities 110 Section 01 Mr. Anderson 10/19/07 Textual Analysis: The Bayeux Tapestry The Bayeux Tapestry, made in the late 11 th century, clearly depicts scenes and events leading up to a battle of some sort, which happens to be the Norman Invasion of England in 1066. It is a giant tapestry that is 231 feet long and 20 inches deep that indicates the magnificence of the Battle of Hastings and the events beforehand. Not much is known about its origins or the creator of the tapestry. However, during that time period it was most common for women to embroider as their livelihood, so it is very probable that it was made by female hands. The Vikings, later known as Normans, were seafaring peoples who began their attacks on England in 793. Two hundred years later, under the leadership of William of Normandy (also known as William the Conqueror), 5,000 men crossed the English Channel into Britain. This began the Battle of Hastings, which resulted in the Anglo-Saxon Duke Harold being conquered by William of Normandy, and the subsequent overtaking of the throne of England. The following is a description of the tapestry in all of its artistic and historical beauty. The Norman Conquest was the time period in which the Normans gradually took over England. This marked the transfer of power from the Anglo-Saxon rulers to the Normans. This occurred in the midst of the feudalistic period, a political and military system of living. The Normans were already vassals under the king of France, which meant that they were required to fight under their lord a certain number of days per year.
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