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15th May 1998 at 01:00
BAYEUX TAPESTRY - http:blah.bsuvc.bsubt

The concept of the Internet might have been rather remote for the 11th- century creators of the remarkable embroidered narrative of the Battle of Hastings that is now known as the Bayeux Tapestry.

However, the whole of the 70-metre-long tapestry is now available for viewing on this web site, broken up into screen-sized chunks. You might not want to print out and reassemble the entire tapestry, but the fact that the site holds the full work allows you to see beyond the usual selection of a few famous panels.

As well as the central story of how Harold and William became rivals for the English throne, the tapestry also includes hundreds of glimpses of everyday medieval life. These range from depictions of contemporary farming to energetically unambiguous sex scenes.

In terms of history lessons, the inclusion of the whole tapestry makes this a useful, original source material. So, for instance, if you were debating whether Harold really did get an arrow in his eye, you could look at the tapestry and see the evidence for and against this interpretation of events.

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