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The Bayeux Tapestry in numbers


The Bayeux Tapestry famously depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England, concerning William, Duke of Normandy (later known as William the Conqueror) and Harold Godwinson (the last Anglo-Saxon king of England), culminating in the Battle of Hastings. Recounting one of the most famous episodes in British history, this exceptionally large embroidered cloth tells the story of the period 1064-1066. 

Here we present our guide to the Bayeux Tapestry, in numbers:



The eleventh century tapestry has also been brought to life through animation by a student at Goldsmiths College. Created by David Newton, with music and sound design provided by Marc Sylvan, the animation begins halfway through the tapestry — precisely in the scene in which the Halley’s comet can be seen passing by — and ends, as does the tapestry itself, with the Battle of Hastings. Check it out below!

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