Bayeaux Tapestry Detail A by Anonymous


Bayeaux Tapestry Detail A



Ref GM305
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 20" x 14" (50 x 35 cm)
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This section of the Bayeux Tapestry depicts William the Conqueror as he rides to confront Harold II at the Battle of Hastings. A fragment may be seen of the Latin narrative for the scene, which translates as follows: “Here Duke William exhorts his soldiers to prepare themselves wisely and with virility for the battle against the English army.” The Bayeux Tapestry is an internationally renowned portrayal of one of the most important events in British history, a breathtakingly intricate work of art 230 feet in length. It should be noted that it is not technically a tapestry, but an embroidery: it was stitched, not woven. French tradition holds that the piece was designed and commissioned by William’s queen, Matilda, and created by the ladies of her court. Contemporary scholars, however, believe that it was made at the behest of Bishop Odo, William’s half-brother, who was created Earl of Kent shortly after the Norman Conquest. If this is the case, it would have been stitched by local Anglo-Saxon seamstresses, possibly nuns: in a ruthless act of humiliation, it seems the English were forced to create the record of their own defeat.