The Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry was commissioned to commemerate the greatest military achievment of the Normans - the invasion of Anglo Saxon England. Not only does it record the Battle of Hastings, but it also documents the events leading up to the invasion and the subsequent subjugation of their new kingdom. As such, it is a valuable historical record, and an important piece of eleventh century art. Commisioned by Odo bishop of Bayeux (and earl of Kent) - half-brother of William the Conqueror - about 1076, it was constructed in England, and measures 19 1/2 feet wide by 231 feet long.