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The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered strip of linen, telling the story of the events that led up to the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Although the 70 meter long (50 cm high) cloth is termed as a tapestry, from a technological viewpoint this is not strictly true since the Bayeux tapestry is not woven but embroidered.

Throughout the ages the cloth has remained an extraordinary example on how type and image can be integrated to become one fluid whole, and this using a highly unconventional format (more or less a ribbon?) at that.

The entire length of fabric, separated into 35 parts for ease of viewing can be seen at http://hastings1066.com/baythumb.shtml




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