I know I’m happy—though not so much because the tapestry is complete but because I no longer feel bad about the quilt I started three years ago and haven’t worked on since.
I realize I have plenty of time.
We owe the tapestry’s completion to some 300 residents of the Channel Island of Alderney, which I had to look up on Google maps because my geography just plain sucks.
The folks in Alderney used their modern day needles and woolen yarns to redo the ancient tapestry's final panels—which are believed to have been lost over the centuries.
Probably they’re still hanging at Ye Olde Cleaners racking up exorbitant storage fees.
What is the Bayeux Tapestry?
The tapestry is more than 200 feet long and contains 50 scenes showing Norman and Saxon cavalries, Viking ships, fighting and killing, blood, dead bodies, and all kinds of other war stuff. It has Latin captions that explain exactly what’s happening in the pictures—if you know Latin, that is. If you don’t know Latin, the captions don’t explain anything at all.
The original tapestry ends with the death of King Harold. The final panels add the coronation of William the Conqueror and the construction of the Tower of London. All the panels will now live happily together at a museum in Normandy, France. England wants to know why they can't live in England. This is a whole nother story.
How does King Harold die?