There is far more to be discovered about the Bayeux Tapestry than could ever be covered in one lecture. Who made it, where and why are the most frequently asked questions – although they might also be seen as less important beside the information the tapestry itself offers us. It is not just a narrative of the most famous battle in English history, but also of the build up to it. It is a moral story showing that good cannot come to those who break their word. It is a story of kings, chivalry and ambition. Intriguingly, many crucial events are omitted and we can only speculate as to why. The tapestry itself is woven from only 10 different colours on linen, but remains as vibrant today as it must have been 900 years ago. The lecture looks at many of the scenes in detail and explores what might be learned from this depiction of a turning point in our history.

Reading list

Andrew Bridgeford 1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Michael J Lewis, The Real world of the  Bayeux Tapestry

Morgans Rud: The Bayeux Tapestry

Lucien Nusset:  The Bayeux Tapestry

Simone Bertrand and Sylvette Lemagnen: The Bayeux Tapestry.