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The Bayeux Tapestry

Published on Nov 23, 2015

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What is the Bayeux Tapestry?
The Bayeux Tapestry is a cartoon-type picture story of the Battle of Hastings.

The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story, in pictures of the events of the Battle of Hastings on October 14th, 1066.

Why is it called the Bayeux Tapestry?

It is called the Bayeux Tapestry because it is in Bayeux, in France.

Who orders the tapestry?

William's half-brother Odo ( Bishop of Bayeux) orders a tapestry 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.

What colour is the Tapestry?
Eight colours. The five main colours are blue-green, terracotta, light-green, buff and grey-blue. There are also very dark blue, yellow and a dark green.

Where is the Bayeux Tapestry?

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

What language is written on the Bayeux Tapestry?

The Tapestry is written in Latin because Latin is the main written language in the Middle Ages.

The Bayeux Tapestry contains:

about 55 scenes each describing a particular event
hundreds of images including castles, boats, hunters and men dressed in armour.
The original Bayeux Tapestry has 626 people, 190 horses and mules, 35 dogs, 506 other birds and animals, 33 buildings, 37 ships and 37 trees or groups and trees, and 57 Latin inscriptions.

Who is the main character on the Bayeux Tapestry?
The main character of the tapestry is William the Conqueror.

What can we learn from looking at the Bayeux Tapestry?
It tells the story of the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Therefore, from looking at the pictures on the tapestry, we know much about life during the time of the invasion.

For example, we can see...
weapons, armour and horses; (There are 11 battle scenes.)
Norman ships;
- people hairstyle and dresses;