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Britain Wants Bayeux Tapestry Back

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On the 14th of October in 1066, the Battle of Hastings was fought between King Harold II of Britain and Duke William of Normandy. A depiction of the battle of the future British Empire was memorialized forever in the Bayeux Tapestry. Not actually a tapestry but an embroidery measuring 230 inches long and 20 inches wide, its’ historically accurate scenes include an appearance of Halley’s Comet and William the Conqueror’s coronation.

One of France’s national treasures, the return of the famous stitchery to England is now being demanded back by British historians, citing that the Bayeux Tapestry should be brought back to its rightful country of origin, England, not France.

… Yesterday the editor of BBC History Magazine said that the tapestry should be allowed to be displayed in England. Dave Musgrove said most experts were now agreed it was created on this side of the Channel. He said: “There is a pretty good academic consensus that it could well have been made in Canterbury. The Latin script that accompanies the pictorial images shows signs of being written by someone who came from an Anglo-Saxon background. Secondly the imagery in the tapestry is very similar to imagery that we know was in illuminated manuscripts that we know were in Canterbury’s library at the time.” It is an iconic document of English history and wouldn’t it be amazing to have it shown in England where there is a very good chance it was made, and wouldn’t that inspire people to get involved in medieval history? The crowds would come flocking.”

Read the French legend of how the Bayeux Tapestry was created.

Of course, the French response is “Non!”

View an animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry and William the Conqueror’s victory.

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