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Learning Exercise

Material: Britain's Bayeux Tapestry at the Museum of Reading
Submitted by: William Paquette on Jun 22, 2008
Date Last Modified: Jun 22, 2008
Title: The Bayeux Tapestry
Description: The successful Norman Invasion of England in 1066 changed England's political and cultural future. The Bayeux Tapestry visually describes the events leading up to the 1066 Battle of Hastings and its consequences for the English.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 4-5 hours.
Topics: English History French History European History
Course: Western Civilization
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To acquaint students with the leading political and religious figures of 11th century England and France. To acquaint students with the reasons for the Battle of Hastings. To acquaint students with the consequences of the Battle of Hastings for English, French, and Euroopean history.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: Read the following sections: The 32 Scenes on the Bayeux Tapestry, The People of the Tapestry, and What Happened after Hastings. Write a 5-7 page paper answering the following questions: 1. Describe the History of England in the Bayeux Tapestry scenes prior to the Battle of Hastings; 2. Describe the Battle of Hastings; 3. Who were Edward the Confessor, Harold, William the Conqueror, Bishop Odo of Bayeux, Archbishop Stigand of Canterbury, Edith, and Aelfgyva; 4. What were the consequences for England, for France, and for Europe after the Battle of Hastings?; 5. Where is the original Bayeux Tapestry because the one for this site is a copy?; 6. Is the Bayeux Tapestry really a tapestry?
Assessment: Paper.
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