Monday, July 13, 2009

What is Bayeux Tapestry?

The Bayeux Tapestry, an ancestor of the strip cartoon, is an embroidery showing on a continuous linen band over 230 feet long, details of the invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. Its manufacture was probably ordered by William's half brother, Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, who is pictured on it. The tapestry's existence is first recorded in 1476. It was produced once a year as a decoration in Bayeux Cathedral. The first reproduction dates from 1730.

There is general agreement that the tapestry, in worsted wool of eight colors was made soon after the Conquest. Its description of events tallies well with what is known of the Battle of Hastings. The tapestry is also noted for its decorative borders, which include figures from Aesop's fables and farming and hunting scenes.

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