War report in 1066: the Bayeux tapestry

Before you admire the famous tapestry that gives it an international reputation, stay a little longer in the streets of this pretty little Norman town... discover its half-timbered houses, its tower mansions, its very elegant private mansions, and stroll a little in the medieval historical centre.

For the walker discovering this medieval centre, a specific ground marking, made up of bronze nails, allows you to find your way along a 2.5 km route, marked by 23 explanatory markers.

 

The tapestry

The Bayeux tapestry is a unique document

One could say that this is the first war report!

Indeed, over a length of nearly 70 metres, it tells the story of the conquest of England in 1066 by the Duke of Normandy, the famous William the Conqueror!

Inscribed in UNESCO's "Memory of the World" register, this masterpiece of 11th century Romanesque art can still be admired, protected by a glass plate.

The story begins in 1064, with a family story, as the King of England, Edward the Confessor, instructs his brother-in-law, Harold, to go to Normandy to propose to his little cousin, William, the throne of England.

One of the great feats recounted by the tapestry and the battle of Hastings, on October 14, 1066, which saw William's victory over Harold, who had nevertheless sworn allegiance to him.

So this tapestry is not only the relationship of warlike deeds, but also the evocation of the punishment of perjury.

There are more than 600 characters, more than 200 horses, and many buildings, including Mont-Saint-Michel.

 

 

Musée de la tapisserie de Bayeux

Centre Guillaume le Conquérant

13 bis, rue de Nesmond,
14400 Bayeux - France
Tél. : 02 31 51 25 50

 

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

 

 

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