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Bayeux Tapestry - Battle of Hastings

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What is the Bayeux Tapestry about?

The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story, in pictures ,of the events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066. The story is told from the Norman point of view. There is no English equivalent so it is very difficult to confirm or dispute some of the details on the tapestry.

Why is it called the Bayeux Tapestry?

It is called the Bayeux Tapestry because it has been kept at Bayeux in France probably ever since it was made.

Who ordered the tapestry to be made?

William's half-brother Odo ( Bishop of Bayeux) ordered a tapestry to be made in honour of William's victory at the Battle of Hastings.

How long is the Bayeux Tapestry?

The Bayeux Tapestry is about 20 inches tall and 231 feet long (50cm tall and 70 metres long). It is about the length of 3 swimming pools!
It is the longest piece of embroidery in the world.

Where was the Bayeux Tapestry made?

It is thought that the tapestry was made in Canterbury, Kent, where there was a famous school of tapestry who used a style of work very similar to that found on the tapestry itself.

What colours were used to make the Tapestry?

Eight colours were used in the making of the Bayeux Tapestry. The five main colours are blue-green, terracotta, light-green, buff and grey-blue. There are also places where very dark blue, yellow and a dark green have been used.

Where is the Bayeux Tapestry?

The Bayeux  Tapestry is now on permanent public display in the Museum of Queen Matilda, in the Norman city of Bayeux, in Normandy, France.

Click here for large pictures of the Bayeux TapestryWhat language is written on the Bayeux Tapestry?

The writing on the tapestry is in Latin. It is written in Latin because that was the main written language during the Middle Ages.


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