Bayeux Tapestry will travel to England

France will lend the Bayeux Tapestry to England in the near future. This tapestry, dated to the late 11th c., records the Norman invasion led by William the Conqueror into Britain in 1066, the Battle of Hastings. Below is a view of the tapestry in the Bayeux Museum, as well as details of the tapestry. Here’s a link to an article in the Washington Post about his significant object and the politics of lending art.

Here is a link to The Bayeux Museum to see details of the tapestry and read about its history.

BBC One, a 5-minute video about the Tapestry.

4 thoughts on “Bayeux Tapestry will travel to England

  1. Emma Eichenberger

    I am always fascinated by the Bayeux Tapestry and how it is still awe-inspiring today. In one of my Latin classes here, we translated portions of the Latin on the tapestry and figured out how the story went. I’m really interested to see how they will transport it to England, and it is also fascinating to see how some people are hesitant for the loan to take place because it show’s England’s crushing defeat under William of Normandy. Even after centuries, this piece of art still brings up emotional feelings for the countries involved.

    I’m also glad to see how the Bayeux Tapestry has been woven (haha) into popular culture as well. Artists in Northern Ireland have taken inspiration from the tapestry to weave their own– of the show Game of Thrones, that is! The 77-meter tapestry at the Ulster Museum in Belfast chronicles seasons 1-7 of the show so far, creating the style just like the Bayeux Tapestry.
    Check it out here!

  2. Claire Ross

    The political significance of the Bayeux Tapestry is extremely interesting to me. I found it funny that a battle between England and France, which took place in the 11th century, would still be politically relevant today. The article quotes a British conservative, who dislikes the depiction of a British defeat and believes that French president is using the painting as leverage. I have never seen an example of politics and art being so interconnected. The actual tapestry is stunning. I wish I could see it in person. I love seeing depictions of historical everyday life made by the people who were actually there. The medium of embroidery also fascinates me. It must’ve been an extremely labor intensive task, and seems much more involved than painting a scene on a wall.

  3. John Tyler Funkhouser

    The Bayuex Tapastry is a fascinating work for me because it tells a pivotal story. The Conquest of England, can be veiwsed through many different lenses. The Lens of a military campaign. The lens of politics and feudalism . The lens of societal changes. As a work of art, the tapestry is part propaganda piece, part history lesson, part work of entertainment. And like the Conquest it self, the man who led it and the relationship between France and England complex.


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