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Harold Godwinson is crowned as king Harold II
Stitched on linen, twenty inches wide and 231 feet long, in eight colors of worsted yarn: the Bayeux Tapestry is a fabulous piece of medieval art: created (or at least begun) as early as 1067. Unparalleled as a primary source for the story of William the Conqueror, Harold II and the Norman invasion - climaxing with the battle of Hastings - this century closes in on it's 1,000-year anniversary.
The Tapestry is very "busy" and detailed, containing the depictions of: 24 identifiable dogs (my opinion: the canines can easily be confused with wolves and foxes: I take the majority of those in the borders to be wild animals and not hounds), 32 structures (churches, castles and so forth), 41 ships, 51 weird looking trees and other flora (I only counted those obviously depicted as such: there are many more ornate "floral" designs throughout the borders), 194 equines (mostly stallions but including 8 mares, a couple of ponies and a few mules/asses: the discrepency with "202" listed elsewhere includes obvious riders without horses: I list only horses that show at least a nose or tail), 553 other fauna (birds, predators, a few other domesticated animals and including 64 mythical creatures), 623 humans (including a few boys and seven women), and c. 353 Latin words ("2,000 words" given elsewhere - and here previously - is an oft-repeated number referring to - I suspect - total letters, no doubt misquoted along the way for total "words" and taken verbatim by those who followed trustingly: I counted everything using the frieze book, one page at a time: if you want something done right, do it yourself).
Bayeux Tapestry: Harold journeys oversea
|Bayeux Tapestry: The fleet sails and lands at Hastings|
Links to other places:
A novel of William the Conqueror,
the battle of Hastings and the Norman conquest-
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