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14 July

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1077 – The Bayeux Tapestry on first display at Bayeux Cathedral

The history of the Bayeux tapestry is the stuff of great fiction novels, of an action movie. At the heart of the story seems to be bishop Odo of Bayeux, brother to William the Conqueror. He was not only linked to Bayeux, but also to Canterbury. A fascinating scholarly article in 2019 suggested the tapestry was specifically designed for the characteristics of the Bayeux cathedral and might have been first show on the inauguration in 1077. There are others who believe there is more to the story and the England-connection. Ooh – I do hope so. It would be the cherry on the cake for this story.

The Viking Archive LogoSee Viking Age Tapestries: 5. Modern Day Tapestries, Embroideries.
Read a fine article on The Conversation.
Discover more on the website of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum.

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