Lecture on The Bayeaux Tapestry

7 Jul 2020
7:30 pm
Drinks from 7pm, AGM at 7.30pm, one-hour lecture at 8pm
Duke Street Church

Drinks from 7pm, AGM at 7.30pm, one-hour lecture at 8pm. £5 payable on the door. No ticket needed.


Commissioned by the Bishop of Bayeux who fought at Hastings and made by skilled English craftsmen, the Bayeux Tapestry is the last survivor of a vanished art form. Rupert presents a lively introduction to the tapestry – so much more than the story of Hastings – in which he unravels some of its mysteries, places it in the context of its age and firmly establishes it as a landmark in the history of Western art. With its lively illustrations of languid, party-loving, moustachioed Englishmen, of the cavalcades of noble huntsmen and of the snorting Norman cavalry poised to charge into battle, the tapestry is the next best thing to a moving picture from the time. 

Speaker's Profile
Rupert Willoughby is a prize-winning historian who specialises in the domestic and social life of the past. He read History at the University of London and is the author of the best-selling Life in Medieval England, of guides to castles owned by English Heritage and Hampshire County Council, and of a series of popular histories of places, including Chawton: Jane Austen’s Village and Basingstoke and its Contribution to World Culture. He contributes regular obituaries to The Times and The Daily Telegraph, writes privately-commissioned histories of houses, and is an experienced lecturer – and occasional broadcaster – on a broad range of topics, with a particular interest in architecture, interior decoration and costume.

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