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    Monday, October 15, 2007

    Another anniversary - the Battle of Hastings!

    Yesterday was the anniversary of the start of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, which changed English history forever. Coincidently, my Lord Aleksy's birthday is also October 14th, (exactly 900 years later) which has changed MY history forever. But I digress...

    They say that history is written by the winners. Well, the Bayeux Tapestry was supposedly created by Queen Matilda (William the Conquerer's wife) and her ladies. There are of course, several other theories about the origins.

    Within the 230 foot embroidered tale, one can find all manner of men getting medieval on one another. And by 'getting medieval,' I mean the modern pop-culture reference of death and destruction. Lots of severed heads and blood! This work is a great example of an "illustrated narrative", or in modern-speak, a comic book. Well, at this length, it's probably a graphic novel.

    There are missing sections of the tapestry and modern attempts have been made to finish the story.

    You can make up your own stories using images from the tapestry with the Historic Tale Construction Kit, or just watch the coolest modern use of these images ever in the Animated Bayeux Tapestry video!

    1 comment:

    1. I can't believe I just found your blog! I'm having a big William the Conquerer issue lately!


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