The Bayeux TapestryCategory: 11th century
In the Norman town of Bayeux, in the museum, one can see a strip of canvas about 70 metres long and half a metre wide embroidered with very well-defined pictures which tell the whole story of the Norman Conquest. That is the famous Bayeux Tapestry. It is said that William’s wife and the ladies of the court made it to hang round the walls of the cathedral.
The Bayeux Tapestry shows the preparations made for the invasion of England—men felling trees or having and shaping the rough timber into ship, scenes depicting the subjugation of the country and other details pertaining to the battle of Hastings, the armour and weapons used, are all very well represented. The tapestry is of great interest to specialists in history and art. It gives us very valuable information about the life of the people at that time.
Arms and food are being transported to the ships
The Norman ships with men and horses aboard crossing the Channel
The Anglo-Saxons standing firm, side by side, shield to shield