The Bayeux Tapestry represents scenes of the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, culminating in the Battle of Hastings. The scenes number seventy-two and over each is a short description in Latin. It is embroidered in colored wool on linen, and is more than 60 m long and about 50 cm wide. The tapestry, recorded in an inventory of Bayeux Cathedral in 1476, was exhibited in the Church for eight days every year at the feast of St John, but it was particularly unknown outside the town until early in the eighteenth century. Traditionally, the tapestry is supposed to be the work of William the Conqueror’s wife Matilda, but it is more probable that it was commissioned by his half-brother, Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. The tapestry belongs to the town of Bayeux in Normandy.
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