Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:45 pm
Re: Bayeaux tapestry
Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:34 pm
That's a very convincing theory, with some compelling evidence to back it up. It has long been argued that the Bayeux embroidery was produced in Canterbury because it was a major centre of embroidery in England at that time, with Canterbury women having a reputation as being among the very best needlewomen. You have to wonder if they were paid a decent sum for working on the thing.
I once had a long debate with some friends about whether it had been made by English or Norman hands; I made the points that whoever it was did not know how to spell "William" (or rather Wilelmus) but they were very familiar with a+e and thorn and eth; the Latin commentary has Old English word order in certain places and the Ælfgifu "scandal scene" would only make sense in an English context.