Bayeux Tapestry


Made nearly a thousand years ago, the Bayeux Tapestry depicts—in a series of panels only 20 inches high but 230 feet long—the drama leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066.

The tapestry itself depicts 58 scenes. Events on the square here begin halfway through, shortly after the crowning of the English King Harold. At the top left, a comet is seen—Halley's Comet—an ill omen. The Normans build ships, sail the English Channel, pillage, feast, build castles, and burn houses. A bishop blesses them before the Battle of Hastings. First King Harold's brothers are slain, then Harold himself.

The tapestry was probably sewn in England, but was rediscovered in modern times during its annual display in the cathedral of Bayeux, France. It is both a superb example of Norman Romanesque art, and the first British comic strip.

Weight Light
Weight (mg/sq in) 68
Made in France