Bayeaux tapestry

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Bayeaux tapestry

Postby IDEEDEE » Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:45 pm

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Re: Bayeaux tapestry

Postby Brother Ranulf » 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.

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