2Shows in a continuous, frieze-like narrative the Norman invasion of England. Unusual content –a historical narrative created shortly after the war occurred.Figure Funeral procession to Westminster Abbey (below) and Battle of Hastings (next slide), details of the Bayeux Tapestry, from Bayeux Cathedral, Bayeux, France, ca Embroidered wool on linen, 1’ 8” high (entire length of fabric 229’ 8”).2
3An embroidery not a true tapestry because it is sewn with a needle not woven with a loom.
9Harold-his sister was married to Edward Harold-his sister was married to Edward. Harold had no hereditary claim to the throne but became king after Edward’s death. Harold is befriended by William of Normandy but later they become enemies.
10William of Normandy- Norman (Viking ) ruler of Normandy ( Northern France) who believed he was the rightful heir to Edward’s throne. Later he invades England and kills Harold to take over the throne. Credited for unifying England.
11Bishop Odo- Step Brother to William of Normandy Bishop Odo- Step Brother to William of Normandy. Went with William to the Battle of Hastings. Odo is also credited with commissioning the Tapestry. Odo is shown here waving a club because he was not allowed to carry a sword.
12Battle Abbey in Hastings put to pay for the sins committed during the slaughter of all the Saxons by William. Altar built on the spot where Harold was killed.