Medieval London

Westminster Abbey depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry

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Title

Westminster Abbey depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry

Subject

Building, ecclesiastical

Description

The funeral procession taking the body of King Edward the Confessor (d. 1066) to Westminster Abbey, as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. The Latin inscription at the top says: Hic portatur corpus Edwardi regis ad ecclesiam sancti Petri ('here is carried the body of King Edward to the church of St Peter the apostle') since the church of Westminster abbey was dedicated to St Peter.  The Bayeux Tapestry depicts some 50 scenes from the conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066, after King Edward died without an heir.  It was probably commissioned by Bishop Odo, Duke William's half-brother, and likely embroidered by a group of women in England, even though the tapestry is today located in the Norman city of Bayeux (France).

Source

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayeux_Tapestry (accessed 12/29/2014)

Date

c. 1070s-1080s

Contributor

M. Kowaleski

Rights

City of Bayeux

Language

Latin

Type

still image

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Original Format

embroidered tapestry

Physical Dimensions

230 feet x 20 inches

Files

Collection

Citation

“Westminster Abbey depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry,” Medieval London, accessed February 17, 2019, http://medievallondon.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/8.
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