Origins and History of the Bayeux Tapestry:
Known facts about the tapestry's creation are few. It may have been comissioned by Bishop Odo (half-brother of William the Conqueror), whose name is one of the few that appears in the work. It was probably made at Canterbury in Kent, where Odo was Earl after the Conquest, and it was apparently completed no later than 1092. A recent tradition has it that William's wife Matilda worked on the embroidery herself, but there is no evidence to substantiate this. It has undergone several restorations.
As a specimen of medieval art the tapestry is priceless, but it is also an important historical source, albeit a heavily-biased one. While the images tell tales that are in considerable doubt (such as Harold swearing to be "William's man"), they also supply a fairly good idea of the material culture of the times. It is a particularly useful source of information concerning the armor and weaponry used in the Battle of Hastings.
People in the Bayeux Tapestry:
Online Images of the Bayeux Tapestry:
The Entire Bayeux Tapestry
This collection of images at Mr. Sedivy's Highland Ranch High School website is limited in size but offers useful explanatory text.
Animated Bayeux Tapestry
The video begins about halfway through the original work at the appearence of Halley's Comet and ends at the Battle of Hastings. Nicely done by David Newton; available at YouTube.
Bayeux Tapestry Software:
- The Bayeux Tapestry on CD-Rom
(Scholarly Digital Editions)
by Martin K. Foys
- The Bayeux Tapestry
by David M. Wilson
The Bayeux Tapestry: Monument to a Norman Triumph
by Wolfgang Grape
1066: The Hidden History In The Bayeux Tapestry
by Andrew Bridgeford
The Rhetoric of Power in the Bayeux Tapestry
(Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism)
by Suzanne Lewis
Was the Bayeux Tapestry Made in France? : The Case for St. Florent of Saumur
(The New Middle Ages)
by George Beech
Anglo-Saxon Propaganda in the Bayeux Tapestry
(Studies in French Civilization)
by Meredith Clermont-Ferrand
King Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry
(Pubns Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies)
edited by Gale R. Owen-Crocker