The Bayeux Tapestry, Episode 38

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The Bayeux Tapestry

Today on Join Us in France we take you to Bayeux, the prettiest little city in lower Normandy and a place where everyone seems to speak English! Bayeux is a must-see city for history buffs for many reasons, starting with those two: the Bayeux Tapestry and WWII history. This, and more, on today's show. Enjoy!

Bayeux Tapestry Episode Highlights

  • A brief history
  • What is the city famous for today
  • Local food specialties
  • Vikings in Normandy
  • What is the Bayeux Tapestry about?
  • Harold betrays William
  • William the Conqueror and the armada
  • Harold gets killed by an arrow that went through his eye
  • The beginning of French influence on England
  • Work of art and documentation of history
  • 70 meters long, it is an embroidered scroll more than a tapestry
  • Superb colors and intricate details
  • Tells a story much like a comic strip would today
  • Incredible craftsmanship
  • During WWII
  • The Cathedral and surroundings today
  • Medieval Festival the first week-end of July
  • Other things you can visit nearby having to do with WWII
  • Calvados, the drink and the department

Conclusion: Bayeux is a great central location from which to visit Normandy, the Bayeux Tapestry is a must-see, the city center is gorgeous, and the people are friendly. If you're looking to get out of Paris, this may be the place for you!

If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to Episode 116, Episode 101, and Episode 18S.

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A detail of the Bayeux Tapestry: boats
Photo Annie Sargent

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Thanks for this episode! It was perfectly timed for our pending trip. Your descriptions of the town, battle of Hastings, the tapestry were just marvelous. I can trace my family line back to Normandy during this time and two generations further. Tibaud De Payen (28 generations back) was born 1035 in Normandy and died 1094 in England. He seems the right age to be part of the armada you spoke of. I’ll have to study the tapestry well to see if I can find him. =) I know it is a romantic notion but, but it is exciting to think… Read more »