Friday, June 17, 2005

Bayeux Tragedy

Is nothing sacred these days? A Western Michigan University Professor claims that the Bayeux Tapestry was made in France and not in Canterbury, England by a collection of 11th century seamstresses as has been believed for the past 900 years or so. The only saving grace for the Anglo Saxons from the disaster of 1066 has now been taken from them.

If you've never heard of the Bayeux Tapestry, don't worry about it. I hadn't either until I spent two weeks in Reading a few years ago. Reading's town museum has a gallery dedicated to the Tapestry and a Victorian era replica is on display. {Actually, if you happen to be in Reading, it's worth a visit.}

The Bayeux Tapestry is 20 inches high 230ft long and tells (through images) the story of the Battle of Hastings of 1066, when Anglo Saxon King Harold was killed and his army defeated by William (the Conqueror) Duke of Normandy. The death of King Harold is the most famous scene from the Tapestry.

Well, I find this very difficult to accept and want to know who exactly is this George Beech. The people of Reading will be crushed. It's a tragic day for them.