Post-classical history


1. Bayeux Tapestry: Earl Harold talks with King Edward before setting out on his journey to Normandy. Note that there is no indication of the subject of their conversation.

2. Bayeux Tapestry: ‘Where Harold makes his oath to Duke William’.

3. Jumièges Abbey Church, on which it is thought that Edward the Confessor’s Westminster Abbey was modelled.

4. Bayeux Tapestry: ‘[Harold] comes to Edward’. Harold’s conversation with the king when he returns from Normandy.

5. Hinged clasp from the Sutton Hoo burial mound; these objects are characteristic of the exquisite jewellery made by the Anglo-Saxons: the cloisonné work, set with garnets, is thought to have been typical of Kent. The clasp, when closed, is curved, probably to fit the shoulder.

6. Bayeux Tapestry: ‘Here sits Harold, King of the English’. The coronation of Harold. Archbishop Stigand is shown beside him, with the implication that he crowned him.

7. Harold’s coinage. On the reverse side, the silver penny bears the single word, Pax, ‘peace’. The king’s crowned head, though obviously designed to symbolize majesty, shows more indications of being an attempt at a realistic likeness than most earlier English coins.

8. Bayeux Tapestry: ‘Here King Harold is killed’.

9. Bayeux Tapestry: ‘And the English turn in flight’.

10. Map of the battlefield drawn by General E. Renouard James

11. The Benedictional of St Æthelwold (painted at his command ‘with numerous beautiful colours and with gold’ at Winchester between 971 and 984): the three kings present their gifts to the infant Christ.

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