WILSON, David. M. Ed. by. The Bayeux Tapestry
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The Complete Tapestry in Colour with Introduction, Description and Commentary by David M. Wilson, Director of the British Museum. Illustrated with seventy six fine full-page coloured plates and numerous monochrome photographs. London: Thames and Hudson, 1985. Small folio. First edition. pp. 234. Title in red and black. Grey cloth, titled in white on upper cover and spine. A fine copy in slipcase with a colour plate mounted and titled in white. A fine copy.
"The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth - not an actual tapestry, which is instead woven nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.
According to Sylvette Lemagnen, conservator of the tapestry,
The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the supreme achievements of the Norman Romanesque. Its survival almost intact over nine centuries is little short of miraculous ... Its exceptional length, the harmony and freshness of its colours, its exquisite workmanship, and the genius of its guiding spirit combine to make it endlessly fascinating.
The tapestry consists of some fifty scenes with Latin tituli (captions), embroidered on linen with coloured woollen yarns. It is likely that it was commissioned by Bishop Odo, William's half-brother, and made in England -not Bayeux in the 1070s. In 1729 the hanging was rediscovered by scholars at a time when it was being displayed annually in Bayeux Cathedral. The tapestry is now exhibited at Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux, Normandy, France.
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