The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of the Norman conquest of En» land in 1066. The Tapestry is actually an embroidery that was produced in the Eng-lish county of Kent. It was probably commissioned by William the Conqueror's half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. It represents an invaluable source of information about médiéval civilisation in the llth century, offering dues as to weaponry. combat techniques, religions, civil and military architecture, elo-thing and daily life.
The Tapestry is also a unique masterpiece of médiéval art. The designers and embroiderers skilfully managed to convey life and inovement in the characters and animais, especially the horses. The work provides a realistic depiction of Viking-style ships, whieh were commonly used by both the English and the Nonnans. Yet despite the wealth of reseai-ch that has been carried out over the past tvvo centuries, the Tapestry still contains many unresolved mysteries. The two authors of this volume, both of whom hâve been fascinated by this embroidery for many years, offer readers a new perspective on an unparalleled masterpiece.