Saturday, 15 October 2016

1066

Hello

Thanks for calling in.

Yesterday was the actual 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and as I was in Reading I took the opportunity of popping to the Museum to see the Bayeux Tapestry which, in embroidery, depicts the events leading up to the Battle.  It's not the original tapestry which is in France, but a full size Victorian authentic copy from 1885 made by 35 ladies from the Leek Embroidery Society, headed by Elizabeth Wardle so that England would have its own copy. I've written about this before, here's a link.


Here's King Harold being hit in the eye by an arrow.

Reading Museum has a website which allows you to look at the scenes and gives lots of information, link here.

To celebrate the anniversary, there are reenactments of the Battle all in historical costumes and thousands of people will be taking part or watching at Battle Abbey near Hastings and various other events over the weekend are planned. Mind you, they are all sold out!

Let's hope the rain holds off.

Cheerio

2 comments:

  1. wow, I didn't even know there was a replica, I guess I need to read up on the tapestry!
    thanks for sharing

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    1. It is quite spectacular, all the right dyes and everything!

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