submitted by Ann Bernard 

horses and soldiers in an embroidered battle scene
Ray Dugan Interpretation: Bayeux Tapestry Detail

I have written a series of blogs on ‘Embroideries that Record History.' Obviously, this includes the Bayeux Tapestry but I have placed the sequence of the events of 1066 in an order which makes sense for the Norman victory. There are other related tapestries/large embroideries all of which record and explain 1066 and how this affected the development of the Western world. The others are contemporary.

I have recently undertaken the enormous challenge to learn the technicalities of drafting and publishing my blog with the assistance of a student volunteer and hope you will take the time to enjoy my new blog series of these historical tapestries/large embroideries.

The first post was on February 1, with 11 additional daily posts on my blog, “Stitching Idyllic.”

I think that the topic of these tapestries will be of interest to stitchers and historians and also to the general public. I have always wondered why the Normans won the Battle of Hastings on foreign ground after having to transport every man, horse, armament and provision to get there. Now I know why.


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