View Full Version : Bayeux Tapestry - a stitch in time.

Grace Elliot
April 24th, 2011, 03:40 PM
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In 1066 the <st1:City w:st="on">Normans</st1:City> invaded <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">England</st1:place></st1:country-region> and defeated the English Kind Harold at the Battle of Hastings. [Actually the battle took place 6 miles away at Santlache or <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Sandy</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Stream</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>. The winning French punned the name to Sanguelac or <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Blood</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Lake</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>… but that’s another story.] The English King Harold was killed, supposedly with an arrow to his eye, and William the Conqueror seized power….the rest, as they say, is history.
These historic events were commerated in the Bayeux Tapestry – still studied by every English primary school child to the present day. The official story behind the tapestry is that William’s anxious wife waited at home in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">France</st1:place></st1:country-region>, frantically stitching scenes as the latest news of the invasion was brought to her.
The truth, however, is less clear cut.
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Made in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">England</st1:country-region></st1:place>.<o:p></o:p>
For a start the embroidery style, colours of thread and use of Latin script indicate the work is of English, rather than French, origin. It seems likely that the tapestry was actually commissioned by William’s half brother, Bishop Odo, as a propaganda piece to justify the invasion.
http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com/2011/04/bayeux-tapestry-stitch-in-time.html (http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.com/2011/04/bayeux-tapestry-stitch-in-time.html)
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