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The Story of English Many people may ask What is the Bayeux Tapestry In the following paragraphs the significance of the Bayeux Tapestry will be recognized First of all it should be understood that it is not a Tapestry in the full sense of the word It is an embroidery It was constucted from eight separate pieces of linen which were joined to make up its length It is approximately 70 meters long and a half a meter wide It is evident that at one stage it ws longer probably by as much as seven or eight meters are missing This is a tragedy as it may have answered many of the questions that gives cause for debate today It is generally agreed that Bishop Odo was the architect who commisioned the Bayeux Tapestry It was designed and constructed reasonably soon after the battle in 1066 It was made without any shadow of a doubt to celebrate and record for posterity the events leading up to battle and its aftermath If it is reasonably confident that Bishop Odo commissioned the Tapestry debate still reigns as where to it was constructed and by whom It basically comes down to the allegiances If one is French they would like to believe that it was made in France There are so many clues in its construction that indicate otherwise Whereas it is known as the Bayeux Tapestry in England it is sometimes referred to in France as the Tapisserie de la reine Mathilde or Queen Matildas Tapestry Matilda one will remember was Williams wife To infer that she and she alone constructed this work of art defies all credibility As Queen of England and Duchess of Normandy she would never have had the time Another factor which excludes her from the equation is that she does not appear in it herself although she may have been in the missing section So if you discount the construction being
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