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Balloga, 1 Abram Balloga HIST 2830 Professor Hyams Short Paper I Bayeux Tapestry
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The conquest of Anglo Saxon England in 1066 by the Normans was a pivotal and defining moment in the development of the island. The invaders, under William the Conqueror brought an end to Anglo Saxon rule, overshadowing and to an extent uniting natives under a separate and foreign rule. The merging of these two cultures – the Normans as the newly installed ruling elite, and Saxons as the defeated inhabitants – was fraught with many difficulties. Although William had what many historians believe to be adequate claim to the throne, what used to be the powerful Saxon elite suddenly found themselves disenfranchised by William as he favored the loyalty of his Norman lords with spoils in the form of estates and titles in England. Much bitter resentment certainly must have resulted against the occupying foreigners, and interpreting how history records the Norman invasion becomes an interesting pursuit. How was Williams conquest of England viewed and understood? Was he an unwelcome suppressor, feared and resented by the people as taking that which is not his rightful place? Or were the language and cultural differences irrelevant in comparison to his worthy claim to the throne Good questions, and very nicely written intro. Vocab? Why the masses? The masses didn’t necessarily create the tapestry, right? You could say a little more about this. Historians tend to believe that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, a relative of William’s. Proofread? Sentence fragment, but nice comparison nonetheless. But there are other forms of dominance besides violence. Is the pope’s support really a small thing? Ok, but there are arguments that could (and have) been made about the depiction of succession in the tapestry, especially when you take into account that Harold is depicted swearing an oath of fealty to William. Good point. Interesting interpretation! I had never thought of it this way before, but it makes sense. How so? I’m not sure I get what you’re arguing here. Really? I would imagine that the dispute had quite an impact on their lives! Nice point. Sentence fragment.
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What are you referring to here? Citation? Why do you assume this? I’m sort of beginning to lose track of your argument. You should try to tie things back to your thesis or central question at the end of each paragraph or two. Also, I’d like to see more close reading of the tapestry itself. Needs a citation. ?
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For investigating such questions, historians have hardly any authentic resources from the time period from which to derive judgment. The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the few surviving artifacts from which we can make inference. Its origins in make Good questions, and very nicely written intro.
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