The Bayeux Tapestry

Bayeux_TapestryThe Bayeux Tapestry (actually an embroidery measuring over 230 feet long and 20 inches wide) describes the Norman invasion of England and the events that led up to it. It is believed that the Tapestry was commissioned by Bishop Odo, bishop of Bayeux and the half-brother of William the Conqueror. The Tapestry contains hundreds of images divided into scenes each describing a particular event. The scenes are joined into a linear sequence allowing the viewer to “read” the entire story starting with the first scene and progressing to the last. The Tapestry would probably have been displayed in a church for public view.History is written by the victors and the Tapestry is above all a Norman document. In a time when the vast majority of the population was illiterate, the Tapestry’s images were designed to tell the story of the conquest of England from the Norman perspective. It focuses on the story of William, making no mention of Hardrada of Norway nor of Harold’s victory at Stamford Bridge.  The embroidery currently resides at a special museum in Bayeux, Normandy, France.

The tapestry holds special significance for this year’s fair as it builds to and tells the story of this year’s scenario: the Battle of Hastings.  See the key figures from the Tapestry come to life at the Sarasota Fairgrounds this November!

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Published in: on July 27, 2009 at 11:56 am  Comments (1)  
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  1. I love history i think people my age (11, 12) should learn more about the romans and other important people


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