Bayeux Embroidery (or Bayeux Tapestry), ca. 1066–1082 Tapestry animation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtGoBZ4D4_E Tells the story of the historical events starting in 1064 that led up to the Battle of Hastings, the decisive battle of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The story is told in discrete scenes. The tapestry begins with a panel of King Edward the Confessor, who has no son and heir. Edward appears to send Harold Godwinson, the most powerful earl in England to Normandy to tell William that he, Edward, who was growing old and had no successor, had decided that William should succeed him as king of England upon his (Edward's) death. Harold is to go to Normandy and give this information to William. Harold gives the message to William that he is to succeed Edward upon his death. William gives Harold arms and armour (possibly knighting him) and has Harold take an oath on saintly relics to honor Edward's wish and allow William to take the throne. Edward shortly thereafter dies, and Harold violates his oath
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