Representation of monuments

The Bayeux Tapestry contains many illustrations of civil, religious and military monuments.

 

The Bayeux Tapestry contains many illustrations of civil, religious and military monuments, which can generally be easily identified, although interpretation can sometimes be tricky.

Several palaces are represented, either from the exterior or from the inside : the palaces of King Edward in Winchester and in Westminster, of Harold in Bosham, of Guy of Ponthieu in Beaurain (Pas-de-Calais) and of William in Rouen and Bayeux. The Tapestry also features a few aristocratic mansions ( set alight by the Normans) and some country houses (represented in the background of the looting scenes).

Three religious buildings have been depicted with great care : the small Saxon church of Bosham (Hampshire), Mont Saint-Michel and Wesminster Abbey, built following the model of Notre-Dame de Jumièges.

 

 

Amongst the military buildings present in the Bayeux Tapestry, the most interesting are the feudal mounds of Brittany and Hastings castle. The artist took great care in representing the mound topped by a tower, the moat and the bridge to cross it. Two fortress towns are also easily identified: Rouen, with its powerful stone tower and Bayeux symbolised by a castle on a mound.

 

Pierre Bouet and François Neveux
International experts on the Bayeux tapestry

 

Further reading:

The Bayeux Tapestry by Pierre Bouet and François Neveux
Hardback due out in October 2013, éditions Ouest France