The Bayeux Tapestry


1066 is sometimes referred to as the Year of the Three Kings, and Edward the Confessor, Harold and William all had a part to play in the drama of that famous date! What is not so often explored is just how delicate the balance was between the Saxon and Norman claims, and how much of a contribution was made by sheer luck. When William of Normandy conquered England in 1066 he became king of a rich and sophisticated country. The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique record of his invasion preparations and of the battle which brought him success. It tells us a great deal about Anglo-Saxons and Normans, and is astonishingly faithful to the historical evidence which survives. It is a document of unparalleled importance, but is also an art treasure of wonderful complexity and beauty. This talk provides a background to the events of 1066, and includes a detailed view of the entire tapestry, including the contentious issues - who commissioned it and why was it made?