the bayeux tapestry


The Bayeux Tapestry is a long embroidered cloth which describes the events before and during  the Norman conquest of England (1066).  The two combatants were the Anglo-Saxon English, led by Harold Godwinson, and the Normans, led by William the Conqueror. The tapestry has Latin notes and now it  is shown in a special museum in Bayeux, Normandy called Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. Among the various possible legends and stories about the creation, one says that  it was made by Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror’s wife, and her ladies – in – waiting . Recent studies have established that it was commissioned by William’s half brother, Bishop Odo during the building of the cathedral (1070s – 1077). Probably Anglo-Saxon artists designed and created it in England  because the  Latin notes  contain  Anglo-Saxon words.  The Bayeux Tapestry is embroidered in wool  thread  on a linen ground .  The linen is assembled  in panels and has been patched  in numerous places.The main colours are terracotta or russet, blue-green, dull  gold, olive green, and blue. When it was later repaired  other colours like light yellow, orange, and light greens were added.

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