Bayeux tapestry not actually a tapestry, and it wasn’t woven by nuns

Published on November 16th, 2012 | by Admin


New research has revealed that the Bayeux tapestry is actually technically an embroidery, a completely different technique, and that it was most likely not made by nuns across England, but rather by a group of professionals.

The idea that nuns across England made the Bayeux tapestry in nine sections which were then stitched together has been thrown into doubt by the new research.

Instead, the 900-year old tapestry, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England culminating in the battle of Hastings in 1066, was woven by the same group of people, likely to have worked on under one manager, the research suggests.

Alexandra Makin of the University of Manchester, a professional embroiderer who conducted the research, said: “It’s clear from my analysis of the Bayeux Tapestry that the style of work is consistent throughout.

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Story: Henry Samuel, The Telegraph | Photo: ALAMY


One Response to Bayeux tapestry not actually a tapestry, and it wasn’t woven by nuns

  1. Hels says:

    I agree that the drawings and stitches were all done by professionals. Walking along the length of the material in Bayeux, a careful viewer is always amazed by the stunning and consistent quality of the work. Even almost a 1000 years later.

    Just one quibble. Along the tapestry “Vikings ships, Norman and Saxon cavalries illustrate the exploits of William and his opponent Harold, another pretender to the throne of England”. Well not really. Harold had already been crowned king.

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