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Bayeux Tapestry Online - resource

The best (and free!) resource to explore the Bayeux Tapestry, the Bayeux Museum's website provides a wonderful chance to explore the work in its entirety, frame by frame, in an easily accessible format.

The Bayeux Tapestry (technically an embroidery not a tapestry) is one of our best accounts of the conquest of 'Anglo-Saxon' England by the Normans in 1066. Running from the end of the reign of Edward the Confessor to the aftermath of the battle at Hastings, the work covers a massive 70 meters and is kept in France.

Study of the Bayeux Tapestry has long been plagued by a degree of inaccessibility. There are a number of lovely glossy books published, but they tend to be incredibly expensive. Luckily, there exists a wonderful online resource provided by the Bayeux Museum.

You can find the website here. Clicking the 'Explore Online the Bayeux Tapestry Scene by Scene' link at the top of the page provides an HD scrollable representation of the tapestry.

Another fun Bayeux Tapestry resource allows you to design your own copy, dragging and dropping each element and adding your own text.

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