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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Bayeux Tapestry

During the Middle Ages, tapestries were a popular art form. Many of the castles of Europe used tapestries not only as a decoration but as a practical measure to help cover the stone walls and keep out the cold.

Perhaps one of the best known is the Bayeux Tapestry, which was made about 1067–70. The linen hanging gives a vivid pictorial record of the invasion of England by William I (the Conqueror) in 1066.

The Bayeux Tapestry is thought by some to have been designed by Queen Matilda to honor the success of her husband, William the Conqueror.

It was commissioned by Odo, Bishop of Bayeux and Earl of Kent who was the half-brother of William the Conqueror.

It is an embroidery rather than a true tapestry, sewn with woollen threads in eight visibly different colours.

The hanging is 70 m/231 ft long and 50 cm/20 in wide, and contains 72 separate scenes with descriptive wording in Latin.

Two hundred horses are embroidered into this work of art.

It is exhibited at the museum of Bayeux in Normandy, France.

Sources Hutchinson Encyclopedia © RM 2012. Helicon Publishing is division of RM.
Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc

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