Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The Bayeux Tapestry in Reading

Did you know that there is a Victorian replica of the Bayeux Tapestry in Reading Museum? Full scale as well.  Just like the real thing in France . . .  well with the addition of a pair of shorts here and there.

The Bayeux Tapestry is about the invasion of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 and shows events from the Norman point of view.  Reading's copy was made in Staffordshire in the 1880s.  Each of the 35 women who worked on it signed her name below the section she had embroidered.

I've taken a photo roughly every ten sections as there are over 50 to give you an idea of what it is like.
1. In 1064 Edward the Confessor, King of England since 1042, knows he will soon die.  Seated on his throne in his palace at Westminster, he orders Earl Harold to go to France.

10. William's messengers ride furiously with their hair flying in the wind, to take a message from William to Guy.

20. Conan surrenders. He passes the keys of Dinan to William on the point of a lance.

29. News of Harold's coronation as King of England is carried across the  Channel to William.

When I visited a school was there.  Much easier than going to France.

So  while I was there the lure of Carluccio's hot chocolate was too strong . . .

Pretty tulips in the park

lovely lilacs

Looking out of the train window, with the camera inside my sunglasses, can you see the whirlpool rainbow effect on the window? Do you think I am going ever so slightly crackers? The people on the train most certainly do!
Bye for now, see you next time!

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