The Bayeux Tapestry Animated

The Bayeux Tapestry famously offers a pictorial interpretation of the Norman Conquest of England (1066), a pivotal moment in medieval history, and the events leading to the invasion itself. Currently residing in France, the tapestry measures 20 inches by 230 feet, and you can now see an animated version of the story it narrates. The clip above starts roughly halfway through the story, with the appearance of Halley’s Comet, and concludes with the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Thanks Jason for the lead on this one. Good tips are always welcome.


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  1. Kurt Roithinger says . . . | October 19, 2009 / 12:28 pm

    just thought i’d note…this is an amazing video.

    thanks for sharing!

  2. Anders says . . . | October 19, 2009 / 12:35 pm

    That is compelling! By the way, Lars Brownworth (of 12 Byzantine Rulers) is doing a new podcast on the Normans called Norman Centuries.

    http://normancenturies.com/

  3. Kate Foy says . . . | October 19, 2009 / 9:48 pm

    Terrific!

  4. Praveen says . . . | October 20, 2009 / 9:17 am

    Fantastic !

  5. antonella Della mura says . . . | November 28, 2009 / 10:46 am

    Just fantastic to better teach my son the Bayeux tapestry images and history

  6. Alex Levy says . . . | May 15, 2010 / 8:41 am

    Seems to be going to a lot of trouble just to have your name changed from “the Bastard,” to “the Conqueror.”

  7. Alex Levy says . . . | May 15, 2010 / 8:44 am

    And, of course, the “comet” seen as an “omen” at the beginning of the tapestry was Haley’s.

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