Is the Bayeux Tapestry a
reliable source?
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of historical source
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The Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry was made between 10671070, a few years after the Battle of Hastings.
It shows the full story of the Battle of
Hastings from Edward the Confessor to how
William became King of England.
The first written record of the Bayeux
Tapestry is in 1476 when it was recorded in the
cathedral treasury at Bayeux as a very long and
narrow hanging on which are embroidered
figures and inscriptions.
Wool was sown onto cloth to show the
important events of 1066. It is thought that
William’s half brother, Bishop Odo of Bayeux
paid local women to make the tapestry. This can
still be seen today!
(a) Who made it?
(b) When was it made?
(c) Was it made at the time
of the event?
(d) How was it made?
(e) What does it show?
(f) Does it still exist today?
(g) Is it a primary or
secondary source?
In your own opinion...
I think the tapestry is/is not a reliable
source because...
• Give two reasons to support your
conclusion.
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Is the Bayeux Tapestry a reliable source?