Key Facts

  • The Bayeux Tapestry was completed in the 1070s, several years after William’s victory in the Battle of Hastings.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry isn’t really a tapestry – it’s an embroidered linen cloth.
  • It is about 70 meters (230 ft) long.
  • It tells the story of the William the Conqueror‘s invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry was probably made in England, having been commissioned by William I’s half-brother, Bishop Odo.
  • It was discovered in the 18th century hanging in Bayeux Cathedral.
  • Wool yarn, colored by vegetable dyes, was used for the embroidery and the work is divided into fifty panels.

Bayeux Tapestry

Near millennium old tapestry is a rare 11th century time capsule. Depicts events in Medieval Normandy and England.

Battle of Hastings - 1066

The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between Duke William II of Normandy and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson.

Battle of Hastings - 1066
Scott Snell
See my collection on the Battle of Hastings
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