This is the Bayeux Tapestry. It was stitched over 900 years ago in the 11th century. While the height of the tapestry is just a normal size of approximately 20 inches, it is an incredible 230 feet long! There are 79 scenes in the tapestry. Since it was made to explain the Norman Conquest, many of the scenes are of battle, but there are other scenes of daily life and frightening experiences such as two soldiers being pulled from quicksand. Notice on two of the panels pictured here the people feasting before battle, and soldiers watching Halley's comet in the sky. This tapestry is very famous and is studied by archaelogists, historians, and students. It is considered to be an authoritive document on warfare and domestic life in the middle ages.  

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