The Bayeux Tapestry

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The Bayeux Tapestry It is not an easy matter to provide an outline of an essentially pictorial lecture, so I'll simply offer you some background and suggest some sites that provide an opportunity of viewing the tapesty itself. There is an extraordinarily fine site, the Bayeux Tapestry virtual tour , which shows the tapestry in Quick Time. You will need QT software to view these pages, but you can download this free of charge from [] . The site allows you to view the tapestry as a continuous roll, the way you would viewed it if you were to visit the Museum where it is now displayed. By contrast, The Hastings 1066 site provides several thumb-nail images as an index of the tapestry so that you can quickly access whichever panel you want to examine more closely. Another good site is the Victorian copy of the Bayeux Tapestry at the Museum of Reading, England. The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most important pictorial works surviving from the middle ages, and certainly the most important from the eleventh century. It is not really a tapestry, but an embroidery of colored wool on an unbleached linen background. It comprises a series of connected panels two hundred and three feet in length, with each of the panels about eighteen inches high. Much of what we know about its origins is a matter of guesswork. It was almost certainly the work of English embroiderers, and was most probably produced in the famous embroidery works of Winchester. The best guess is that it was commissioned by Odo, bishop of Bayeux, William the Conqueror's half-brother, and one of the leading figures in the invasion of England. It was perhaps completed on 1077 in time for the consecration of the new cathedral at Bayeux. Or perhaps it was finished in 1083. Historians can argue endlessly about such things. Some have suggested that it was hung around the nave of Bayeux cathedral on feast days, but it doesn't seem to have made for that specific purpose since it is not long enough to reach completely around the nave.
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