The BAYEUX TAPESTRY Wall Art Prints by Paul E Williams { 46 images } Created 30 Jul 2021

Photo Wall Art Prints of the complete Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux France. The great iconic symbol of the Normans and William the Conqueror is the Bayeux Tapestry. Contrary to popular belief it isn't a tapestry but an embroidery against a white linen background. At an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall the Bayeux Tapestry is an incredible sight to behold in it'd purpose built museum in Bayeux. It us a continuous storyboard with each scene running into the next. It tells the story of Harold being sent to France, by King Edward the Confessor of England, to tell William the Duke of Normady that he will succeed Edward as King of England. Harolds journey goes wrong when a storm blows him into hostile territory and he is held to ransom. William Duke of Normandy bails Harold out and they go hunting and fighting together. Before Harold return to England Will makes him swear fealty to him which means that he cannot take the throne of England himself when Edward the Confessor dies. William Tricks Harold to take this oath on sacred relics so making it binding in the eyes of the church and Pope. Harold goes home but when Edward the Confessor dies he breaks his oath and becomes King of England. The rest of the Bayeux Tapestry depicts 1066 and all that every child in England has been taught for the last 1000 years, and William arrives in England, defeats Harold at Hastings and become King William The Conqueror of England. The problem with the story on the Bayeux Tapestry is that it was made after William had won the throne and was commissioned by his relative, Bishop Odo of Bayeux. It is then Norman propaganda giving William the right to take the throne of England and we have no real of knowing what the true story is. The Bayeux Tapestry is though an incredible work of art made almost certainly in Canterbury bu Saxon embroiderers. How it survived is a miracle. It survived the sack of Bayeux by the Huguenots in 1562, Parts of it were then los over time and during the French Revolution, in 1792, the tapestry was confiscated as public property to be used for covering military wagons. It was rescued from a wagon by a local lawyer who stored it in his house until the troubles were over, whereupon he sent it to the city administrators for safekeeping. Napoleon was going to use it as anti British Propaganda and The Nazi's nearly took it to Berlin where it could have perished in the destruction of the city. So we are very fortunate to have such a wonderful Norman treasure nearly in tact to enjoy.

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