Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Bayeux Tapestry Live

In 1066 King Edward of England died. The Witan elected Harold son of Godwin as the new King.

However, Edward had promised the throne to Guillaume (William) le Bâtard, which greatly exceeded his authority. Harold apparently had also promised that William would inherit the throne.

Harold accepted the throne and William invaded, he defeated Harold at the Battle Hastings and the Witan now elected William King. Thus William got the more respectable name of William the Conqueror.

Williams’s wife Mitilda and her ladies in waiting commemorated the event by creating the Bayeux Tapestry which tells the story in a pictures.

Now YouTube has an animated version of the tapestry of which Mitilda could only dream

E N J O Y !

HT: Adrian Murdoch’s Bread and Circuses


Gabriele C. said...

Now, that's a fun little movie. :)

hank_F_M said...

Glad yoy liked it.

David Duff said...

That was terrific, Hank, thanks. In September we shall be revisiting Bayeaux for our usual autumn break, staying again at the Lion d'Or hotel which is an absolutely excellent family-owned French provincial hotel, comfortable and excellent food - just in case you or any of your American friends are ever in that area.

Of course, Bayeaux is in the very heart of the D-Day landing sites and thus redolent with recent history. You will be amused, and touched, to know that the French have hung a dummy paratrooper from the steeple of the church in Ste. Mere Eglise as a memorial to that extraordinary incident on the night of 5/6th June 1945.

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