efore we begin it should be understood that it is not a Tapestry in the full sense of the word. It is embroidery. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which resulted in the successful Norman conquest of England, William the Conqueror’s wife, along with her many ladies in waiting, began working on a tapestry. The tapestry was designed to tell her husband’s successful invasion of England.
Who designed it?
f you stand back and look at the Tapestry as a whole, you will think the impression that it is a celebration of a famous victory. You will also think a certain technique which indicates an artistic impression. Was this person male or female?
It must be a man
ertain scenes in the Tapestry are vivid and bloody during the battle. It seems weird that a woman would be able to think up some of the horrendous scenes showed without actually being at the battle. My conclusion therefore that it was designed by a man.
How did it survive?
ike so many artefacts, the Bayeux Tapestry survived through sheer luck. Following its construction in the decade following the battle Napoleon used the Tapestry as inspiration for his planned attack on his natural enemy England. When this was aborted, it was returned to the people of Bayeux. It spent the next 15 years being moved around Bayeux for its own safety
Not a scroll
rightened of losing the Tapestry, the council kept the Tapestry on a scroll. It was shown only to important guests.
he Tapestry consists of
55 canines (dogs)
202 equines (horses)
Almost 2000 Latin words
Over 500 mythical and non mythical creatures such as birds and dragons.
At least 8 different colours of yarn..
The missing piece
There were 72 scenes. Not including a missing piece. Where and when this portion disappeared will never be known. The last part in existence shows the defeat of the English. If you were deliberately...