Medieval Europe + Byzantine
- The Art of Conquest in England and Normandy
- The English castle: dominating the landscape
- The Bayeux Tapestry
- The Bayeux Tapestry - Seven Ages of Britain - BBC One
- Bayeux Tapestry
- Durham Cathedral
- Durham Cathedral
- The Morgan Leaf from The Winchester Bible
The Bayeux Tapestry - Seven Ages of Britain - BBC One
The Bayeux Tapestry. The BBC's David Dimbleby describes the historical significance of the Bayeux Tapestry for his forthcoming BBC One Series, Seven Ages of Britain.
Want to join the conversation?
- At around1:18, the speaker says "...its not strictly speaking a tapestry its actually needle work sewn with wool on to linen..."
What is it that is "not strictly" a "tapestry"? My understanding is that a tapestry is simply a piece of cloth of whatever sort that is made to look like a painting and intended to be hung on a wall...
Is my "definition" not correct, and if so what about it is not correct?(6 votes)
- Tapestries are woven I think, whereas this was stitched on.
- Anyone else come across reference to this wonderful embroidery being actually commissioned by William's brother the then Duke of Kent and consequently made by Nuns in a Kent Priory. Therefore produced in England and not, as we assume in France?(6 votes)
- Yes that's true! There is another theory that William the Conqueror's wife, Queen Matilda created the object. It was mostly likely made in England to present the Norman view of the invasion and would have been used for propaganda.
The object was latter moved to the French town of Bayeux in Normandy where it takes it's name from. So the Bayeux Tapestry is NEITHER a Tapestry NOR from Bayeux. Maybe it's time we found a new name for it...(8 votes)
- Why and how is the tapestry so long? How long did it take to make something that big, and how was it displayed before being in the museum if it's so long?(4 votes)
- The Tapestry or, as the speaker did say needlework sewn with wool on to linen, is long to clearly show the nearly 500 different images, and is in a glass oval-shape case.(1 vote)
- what does bbc mean? >:)(1 vote)
- British Broadcasting Corporation(1 vote)
- is this about the bible and i love all the stores(1 vote)
- About the identity of the character at the center of the feast, here the BBC video says he is William, but the author of the previous article describes that man as bishop Odo.(1 vote)
- In what ways can Bayeux Tapestry be considered monumental?(0 votes)
- It is BIG. That, in itself, is part of the definition of monumental.(2 votes)
- Who were the people that made it? Was it a bunch of women? How did they plan it? I almost feel like it was an animation studio with different people doing different tasks.(0 votes)
- Dr Tanton, in the essay before this video, wrote that it's been suggested that Anglo-Saxon embroiderers were responsible, but that nobody really knows.(1 vote)
- I don't know if this was in the video and I missed it or not, but how long do you suppose the Bayeux Tapestry took to make? If there is no direct answer, I'd be curious to see what some of you folks think.(0 votes)
- It was first shown on July 14th 1077 CE, so at most eleven years.(1 vote)
- Are some of the sculptures in a Romanesque church called Bibles in Stone sometimes? Just an explanation please, no answer.(0 votes)
November 18, 2009
At his regular weekly audience on November 18, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the immense flowering of Christian art in the medieval period, and especially "the most exalted artistic creations of all civilization: the cathedrals."
These buildings, he said, "reveal a synthesis of faith and art, harmoniously expressed through the universal and captivating language of beauty."
The sculptures that were done for these cathedrals, the Pope continued, represented a new sort of art insofar as they were intended to provide religious instruction and inspiration. They were "Bibles in stone," he said.(1 vote)
This is the Bayeux tapestry it was commissioned to celebrate Williams conquest of England It begins with the events that led up to it the death of Edward the Confessor king of England and the succession of a new king Harold It's magical to be taken back a thousand years in this dark chamber to see history Spelled out for you 70 Metres long right down to the end right round and the back and the story very vividly told That at the same time along the friezes top and bottom wonderfully vivid pictures Some of them of aesop's fables some of little stories some nobody knows what they are little details of farming life here ploughing Sowing and the man Killing birds with a sling It's not strictly speaking a tapestry. It's actually Needlework sewn with Wool onto Linen I Suppose the story that we know best begins with the death of Edward the Confessor and his burial in West Minster Abbey West minster Abbey here with the hand of God blessing it and Here Harold receiving the crown With his orb and his scepter people looking on and then spies come across and Explain to William in Normandy what's happened in England. That Harold has seized the crown and Here he orders ships to be built for an invasion so the first thing to cut down the trees and start building the ships putting aboard suits of chainmail leading two men to carry them and Spears Arrows and The last stage is to get the horses on board these long ships very tricky, and they don't look particularly happy The boats set sail they cross over to Pevensey Land safely at Pevensey ago ashore, and then the real task begins, but first the army has to be fed There's a tureen, there, being boiled. They're sort of chicken Kebabs they look like and here William feasting with his men and then they're preparing for war They build a a castle of wood at Hastings William's Followers set light to some of the anglo-Saxon houses a woman leading her child away from her burning house and then battle commences quite slowly to start with with the cavalry charging against Harold's forces Heads chopped off hands chopped off and the battle rages all day long in the confusion of the battle as swords and axes clang against shields a dangerous rumor sweeps William's Army that he has been killed so what does he do he turns around in his saddle? lifts his helmet off and shows himself to his troops and the Battle goes on And then we come to the famous design of Harold with the arrow in his eye Nobody quite knows whether that is what happened and here slaughtered I've seen this many times every time I see it. I have to say just brings the whole story of William's invasion of England alive, you rarely feel here because this was done by people Living only a Few years after the event you rarely feel the power and the passion that went into it It's a completely magical work of art