Learning Exercise

The Bayeux Tapestry

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.
Course: Western Civilization

Here you can read the tale told by the Bayeux Tapestry. The story of William the Conqueror and Harold, Earl of Wessex,... see more


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?

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English History French History European History

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.