Bayeux Tapestry to leave France for the first time
20 January, 2018
The Bayeux Tapestry is set to leave France for the first time in order to be displayed in the UK, the BBC reported. French President Emmanuel Macron announced the loan during his visit to the UK last Thursday. However, the 11th Century artwork was still ongoing tests to make sure it was safe to travel. The tapestry would go to the UK not earlier than 2020, and it has not yet been decided where it will be put on display.
The tapestry shows the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England and tells the story of the future King William I, culminating in the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of Harold in 1066. It is on permanent display at a museum in the town of Bayeux, in Normandy. Historians have long debated the origins of the 70m long and 50cm high tapestry. The earliest written reference to it is an inventory from Bayeux Cathedral in 1476, but little is known about how it was created. Some experts claim it was probably commissioned in the 1070s by Bishop Odo of Bayeux, who was William the Conqueror's half-brother.