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03 July 2019Threads of History: the world of the Bayeux tapestry
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Threads of History: the world of the Bayeux tapestry Rupert Willoughby Wednesday 03 July 2019

This presentation unravels some of the Bayeux mysteries, placing the tapestry in the context of its age and firmly establishing it as a landmark in the history of western art. With lively illustrations of languid, party-loving moustachioed Englishmen, cavalcades of noble huntsmen and snorting Norman cavalry poised to charge into battle, the Bayeux tapestry was the next best thing to a moving picture in its time.