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Virtual  Bayeux Tapestry: 1066 and all that via the world’s oldest and longest comic strip

Guided by Steve F.  Meet your guide – here’s Steve podcasting away about his East London ‘hood.

The Bayeux Tapestry, the oldest (ca 1070) and longest (70m/230 feet) `comic strip’ on earth, is a priceless visual record of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest, events that changed the face of the UK and Europe for all time.

But this colourful embroidery (for that is what it is) asks as many questions as it answers.

Join Blue Badge Tourist Guide and Lonely Planet guidebook writer Steve Fallon as he leads you around the original work in Normandy and its painstakingly executed Victorian copy in Reading in Berkshire.

A long-time journalist, Steve will use the age-old reporting technique of `the five Ws and the H’. That means he’ll be explaining the who, what, when, where and why as well as the how of the tapestry and at least try to answer the more difficult questions.

To whom did the dying King Edward the Confessor actually promise the crown? Was the pretender Harold killed by an arrow to the eye or cut to pieces by a Norman sword? Is that Haley’s Comet blazing across the sky in panel 32? Why did the Nazis try to steal the tapestry and export it to Berlin?

And just why are there 93 penises fully displayed across almost five dozen action-packed scenes of pageantry and mayhem? 

The Bayeux Tapestry, set to return to the UK (British Museum?) in 2022 after nearly 1000 years, depicts the dramatic and bloody conquest of England by William the Conqueror with verve and vividness as well as some astonishing artistry. Particularly incredible is its length – nearly 70m long – and fine attention to detail. Steve Fallon looks – in true journalist style –  at the who, what, where, where, why and how of this phenomenal record.

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