Bucket List

My bucket list mostly consists of works of art I have been fascinated with and have only seen in reproduction.  Seeing them in the place where “they live” is an amazing experience for me.  One such work is the Bayeux Tapestry, not actually a tapestry at all, an embroidery that is 20″ tall, 250 ‘ long and was created in the year 1066.  It’s in remarkable condition considering that it was used as a tarp during the french Revolution over a truck full of weapons, was rolled around a cylinder in the 19th century and the creases left from that can still be seen, and as did the city of Bayeux itself survived World War I and II.  It tells the story of the Norman Conquest of William who vanquished Harold at the Battle of Hastings and launched 400 years of war between Britain and France.  There are some who say, had this not happened Britain would have remained isolated from the rest of Europe as Scandinavia is today.  Looks like Britain might be going that way again.

Getting back to the tapestry it’s displayed in a safe environment now and as you walk along you hear the story that is told in exquisite detail.  Period music is played as the narrator speaks.  Here are a few excerpts from the tapestry.

These are the ships that William used to sail to Britain, he had to wait a long time for favorable winds in the Channel.                          
To scale model of a Viking boat similar to the ones used by William in the museum upstairs.
Harold comes to Normandy to tell William that he will be king when Edward dies and he swears allegiance on two of Normandy’s most important reliquaries.
Edward dies and Harold has himself crowned, against his promise to William to acknowledge him as king.
Haley’s Comet is seen in the sky, a bad omen for the future
You can see the servants carrying the suits of chain mail (on the left) in preparation for the battle
Chain mail suit.
This is one of the most dramatic scenes, William’s army advancing and they look invincible. Look at how this shows the horses as three dimensional figures and advancing towards the enemy. It’s almost like a flip book.
Westminster Cathedral as it looked in William the Conqueror’s day (model of what he had built)
Cathedral today
Tower of London, built by William the Conqueror
Tower of London today




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