Bayeux Tapestry Research Paper

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The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story, in pictures, of the events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066. The story is told from the Norman point of view. There is no English so it is very challenging to confirm or dispute some of the information on the tapestry. It is called the Bayeux Tapestry because it has been kept at Bayeux in France ever since it was made. William's half-brother Odo (Bishop of Bayeux) ordered a tapestry to be made in honor of William's victory at the Battle of Hastings. The Bayeux Tapestry is about 20 inches tall and 231 feet long (50cm tall and 70 meters long). We don't know the exact length of the original tapestry, because the final strip is tattered, although its present length fits …show more content…
The original Bayeux Tapestry has 626 people, 190 horses and mules, 35 dogs, 506 other birds and animals, 33 buildings, 37 ships and 37 trees or groups and trees, and 57 Latin inscriptions. The borders of the tapestry are filled with mythological figures, lions, dragons, and scenes from fables. As we know the main character of the tapestry is William the Conqueror. From looking at the pictures on the tapestry we can tell about life during the time of the invasion. We can see what weapons and amour and horse tack were used, what happened at the battle, what Norman ships were like and what they were used for. We can see that they moved men and horses. Spears, axes bows and sword were used in the tapestry. The horses were carried by boats to battle. We can see the eleventh-century carpentry was like by looking at the scenes of ship-building and what hairstyle people had and the way they dressed. Hair styles in the Bayeux Tapestry are used to differentiate between Englishmen and the Normans/French. The shaved heads behind the ears is typically Norman. The Englishmen are universally long-haired, and most sport mustaches; some later portrayed with beards as well. We can see on the tapestry that the Norman knights had horses unlike the English who were on foot. The Normans had an advantage by using horses in the battle.

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