The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall depicting the Norman conquest of England following the Battle of Hastings, including the death of Harold Godwinson in 1066. For more than 900 years, debates have raged over the true origin of the mysterious material and whether it was meant to be displayed in England or France. However, the mystery has finally been solved after a British professor discovered it fits perfectly in a lost area of the Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy.Christopher Norton, Professor of Art History at the University of York, found the embroidered cloth was designed to be hung along the north, south and west sides of the cathedral between the west wall and choir screen.He published his findings in the Journal of the British Archaeological Association, stating: “It has always been the case that the simplest explanation is that it was designed for Bayeux Cathedral.“This general proposition can now be corroborated by the specific evidence that the physical and narrative structure of the tapestry are perfectly adapted to fit the nave of the 11th-Century cathedral.”Professor Norton’s research was based on mathematical calculations, analysis of documentary evidence including the linen fabric, and of surviving architectural details.The Bayeaux Tapestry mystery has finally… Read full this story
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