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The Bayeux Tapestry is a massive, 70 meters by 20 cm (about 230 feet by 20 inches), piece of embroidered cloth that depicts a period of history in England from the events of King Edward’s reign to the period of the Norman Invasion and finally ending with the battle of Hastings and some of its after effects. The tapestry was commissioned by Odo the Bishop of Bayeux, the half-brother of William of Normandy (The Conqueror), but was produced in Brittan not Bayeux, France. The Tapestry itself is not in fact a tapestry at all as the embroidery which was used to create it voids that term but it serves the same general purpose as a tapestry of the period in that it decorated the walls of large building and told an important story.


Medieval Europe



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