King Edward, an Anglo-Saxon king, has no heirs. He tells his brother-in-law
Harold to go tell William of Normandy that William is his choice for heir to the kingdom.
the mustache and falcon, leaves Edward and prepares to for his journey to inform William.
boards a ship for Normandy, a part of modern-day France across the English Channel.
ships travel along the water, but high winds and rough sea blow him off course. He
lands not in Normandy...
the property of Count Guy (on the horse), a rival of William.
taken prisoner by Guy (on the hrone) and the two speak.
hears of Harold's capture and two of his messengers confront Guy (standing w/ battle axe)
||At the end
of this section, William (seated) is updated of the situation by his messengers.
decides to take Harold back to William.
black horse) and William (in a maroon cloak on golden horse) meet face-to-face. At
and William head back to his castle. There, Harold describes to William what happened to
||A bond of
friendship develops, and William and Harold agree to go lay seige to a castle captured by
another rival, Conan.
travel, they pass Mont St. Michel, William slips into some quicksand. Harold rescues
but Conan slips away.
again, they pummel the fortress with spears and missles.
||In honor of
his bravery, William places a Norman helmet on top of the head of Harold.
the battle, Harold stands between two shrines and swears to aid William's quest for the
throne in any way possible.
boards his ship to return to England.
and returns to report to Edward, the ailing king.
inevitable has happened. Edward is dead. His body is laid to rest.
William is to be king, right?
who is on the throne!
||His men here
are pointing into the sky (look on the border of the tapestry). It is a sign.
informed of Harold's betrayal.
begins to prepare take back what he feels is his.
are dragged to the shore
journey across the English Channel continues.
soldiers ride to the first town they encounter, Hastings, to secure supplies.
men are not clubbing one another. They are combing their hair.
sitting above, hears news of Harold from one of his messengers.
mount their horses and prepare to leave.
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of this section, William, on the golden horse and his left hand raised slightly, asked a
knight if has seen Harold's army.
Harold, facing left on the black horse, is told of William's advance. That crooked tree
marks a change in scene.
the end of the last section, points forward, urging his men forward with all speed.
150-ft. from the battle line, archers let loose their arrows.
sides meet as arrows fly.
present a great challenge to William's cavalry.
hand-to-hand chaos continues.
try to keep their advantage. On the right, it appears as if William, on the gold
horse, is hit.
safe. Directly above, William's brother, Otto, points to William, who lifts his mask
to prove to his men he it still alive.
continues to reign.
victory. Harold, standing just left of the slouched man on the horse, his right hand
raised in agony, is killed.
ends with Harold's men fleeing. Two missing panels of the tapestry are thought to
contain images of William, now the Conqueror, atop the throne.