The Medieval World, C. 400–1300

Romanesque Europe

What is the Bayeux Tapestry?

Who knew there was such as thing as monumental embroidery! There is nothing quite like the eleventh century Bayeux Tapestry. At nearly two feet high and over 230 feet long, this work is not actually a tapestry (it is not woven), but embroidered linen. The colorful piece combines text and narrative imagery to tell the story of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066; there are over six hundred human figures, seven hundred animals, and two thousand letters in all. An astonishing work of fiber art, the Bayeux Tapestry is also an important historical artifact that documents one of the most significant military campaigns in European history.


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