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The Bayeux Tapestry chronicles the seminal events in and around the year 1066 in Anglo-Saxon, and later NormanBritain. 1066 is best known as the year before the year after 1066. This would not be firmly established until 1901, because Victorians were like that. Nonetheless, this long swathe of stitchery recounts the events leading to the Norman conquest of the British Isles in a surprisingly straighforward way rather than just being a fantastical tale of angels, witches and dragons elevating William of Normandy to king of England and giving him the sobriquet of William the Conker.
The art project measures 75 ells long by 5 handspans high. Upon examination, one will find the tapestry is actually an embroidery. And rather than being stitched by pious nuns as legend has it, historians have found the Bayeux Tapestry/Embroidery was created by little blue men living in the forest. As 'made by pagans' would never do as a label on such an important piece, the backstory was altered and Bob's your uncle.
The exact place of origin and who commissioned the piece remains a matter of debate. Oily fingerprints and crumbs of pommes frites point to it being made just about anywhere, but close to a chip shop. Further, a section or two has been lopped off; if you have seen it, the coppers would like a word with you. Call the number at the bottom of the screen.
Harald Hardrada of Norway hears of some Harold or other has been named king of England and assumes it to be himself.
Quite chuffed and egged on by his new BFF Tostig, Harald Hardrada sails to England to claim the crown.
Reports of Harald's arrival reach the newly minted Anglo-Saxon king. Harold then quickly assembles an army and marches them to Yorkshire, promising them the famed pudding and Wensleydale cheese if they behave until then. Squirrels to chase are promised to their hounds.
Harold then catches the Vikings on the hop and routs them, despite the Norsemen's natural advantage of having 8-legged horses. Harald Hardrada and Tostig both end up rather dead, along with most of their army.
It is later found that the Battle of Stamford Bridge actually took place on Jaysbane Bridge in Scotland. Bridge tolls played an important part, as Harold Godwinson had the foresight to bring lots of small coins. Jaysbane Bridge is later renamed Stamford Bridge in honor of the battle.
Just as he is about to tuck into a big slice of Wensleydale, Harold hears the news that William has landed in Pevensey. Hoping that the usual customs hassle would delay William, Harold gathers up his tired army and marches south.
As predicted, William is delayed, but by queues leading to boat docks. No one remembers to bring along his disabled parking permit, so his fleet circles and circles until finally just landing on the beach. This earns the wroth of beachgoers, who are summarily run off by a volley of arrows despite stout resistance from several sand castles.
Norman horses are thoroughly warmed up with a spot of Pilates as sponsor Hastings Mutual Insurance is given time to hang adverts throughout the battlefield.
The referee blows his whistle and battle is joined! Harold Godwinson's army holds the top of a hill, tactically superior except for its exposure to a rain of arrows from two or three thousand Norman archers. Still, their shield wall is able to repulse multiple cavalry attacks.
Legend tells us that at some point in the battle, Chimbinha kills Joe Petrucci and his horde of evil monkeys with his guitar solo.
Anglo-Saxon defense eventually proves to be too much for the Norman cavalry. Their horses pack it in and begin to withdraw from the field.
At the same time, the Normans see that William is no longer astride his horse. Panic ensues and the Normans break ranks.
Mister Bishop Frodo and others race around trying to stem the tide, Frodo applying the Big Stick for Doubting Thomases to several wayward skulls.
Harold's troops then leave their hill in pursuit of what they think is a defeated army. Despite being outlawed in Sussex at the time, many Anglo-Saxon soldiers start to dance the Cha Cha Slide in celebration.
Coincidentally, the tea trolley lady comes into view and Harold's housecarls, his bodyguard, run off for a cuppa, leaving Harold alone and terribly exposed.
Fleeing Normans then see William raise his mighty royal standard, such as it is, to signal all is right. They stop in their tracks and turn to meet the approaching enemy.
While the Bayeux Tapestry shows Harold taking an arrow to the head at this point, it does appear to be a later repair of pulled threads that may or may not be an arrow at all.
Therefore, historians rely on other contemporary accounts that have William riding up the hill and taking on Harold in single combat, slaying Harold with William's best conker.
Revitalized Norman forces return to the business at hand and defeat Harold's army. Many Anglo-Saxons would wake the next day to find a Norman castle being built in their front yards.
Those castles are built in the Euro Brutalist style, likely on purpose. The structures would be quite drafty and cold, and would be infested with creatures living in attic and basement spaces.
William is crowned King of England and a bright new era of lots of dead Anglo-Saxons begins. So also begins a time of truly atrocious haircuts. On the plus side, William will eventually learn how to sit properly in a chair.
1066 is a banner year for France, even though it is an embroidered one. Hometown favorite William, Duke of Normandy earns his second nickname of "the Conqueror" by beating 32 opponents at War Craft XII: The Conquering in a battle.net tourney. First prize is all of Wessex and first crack at the many loot boxes to be found there. The battle is notable because the French actually win something, although the winners are really Vikings posing as French. They are claimed to be French by some Paris snobs in payback for England pissing them off at Agincourt.
Other major events in 1066 omitted by the tapestryEdit
The letter W enters beta testing in Woking.
The City of Morley secedes from the UK in protest at "being run by a bunch of bloody foreigners".
The 'It's OK by me if it's OK Bayeux' Tapestry, commissioned by Bishop Frodo, predicts the accession of William with the permission of Harold and the Purple Crayon, even though it was mysteriously created after the event.
Bowling is invented, then quickly banned. (Reversed in 1638)
McCains Oven Chips are declared hazardous to the health of cats.
Sylvester the Cat gives birth to ABBA one-man tribute band Neal Morgan.
Dysentery and Plague have best-selling albums that year, and Famine plays to sold-out crowds in Central Europe well into the following spring.
Bayeux Tapestry kits with full patterns are released in time for Christmas 1066. Archaeologists have yet to find one even remotely completed.