What is the Bayeux Tapestry?
The Bayeux Tapestry is a very large piece of embroidered cloth. The embroidery on the cloth depicts the events that led up to the Norman Conquest of England and part of the conquest itself. The tapestry ends with its depiction of the Battle of Hastings, which was the major battle of the Norman Conquest.
In 1066, Normans led by a man now known as William the Conqueror, who was the Duke of Normandy at the time, invaded England. They met King Harold of England’s forces in battle at Hastings in October of that year and defeated Harold very decisively. From that time, William was effectively the ruler of England.
The Bayeux Tapestry is a tapestry with embroidered pictures that depict these events. It was created in England, most likely in the 1070s, and the artwork is done in English/Anglo-Saxon style. The tapestry is extremely large. It is not very tall, being only about 20 inches high, but it is around 230 feet long. The tapestry is one of the greatest examples of Anglo-Saxon art as well as a contemporary depiction of the events of the Norman Conquest.
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