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The Bayeux Tapestry
Transcript of The Bayeux Tapestry
The Truth in the Margins Thesis: The depictions of animals in the margins of the Bayeux Tapestry provide Norman commentary on the main panels and justify the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Prominence in Tapestry
Shown four times Individuals associated with Odo Wadard Turold Vital Norman Bias, English-made Odo of Bayeux English-made Earldorman Byrhtnoth of Essex
William de Poitiers: " the women of the Englsih race excel in embroidery and cloth of gold."
France - Limonges and Poitiers castra as "ceastra"
use of tironian "et"
Edward as "Eadward"
"ash" in Aelfgyva Armour of Norman troops Mistakes Inscriptions English Tradition of Embroidery vs. Lack of One in France A History of Narrative Art Existed in France in Flanders/North France by late 11th century
General paucity in comparison with England Stylistic Similarities Utrecht Psalter:
Pervasive jutting jaws; gesticulating, outsteched hands; hunched shoulders
Found mainly in Anglo-Saxon Art The Case for Canterbury The Odo of Bayeux Connection
Texts and Materials found at St. Augustine's Margins in the Tapestry Animal Commentary Aesop's Fables and the Middle Ages Greek, 6th Century B.C.
possibly translated under King Alfred (849-899)
Marie de France (1140-1190)
widely know The Wolf King The Wolf and the Lamb The Wolf and the Crane The Pregnant Dog The Lion's Share The Crow and the Fox Mouse and Frog Animal Commentary Nudity Symbol of William Hunting