Bayeux Tapestry Experience. Letter
I am writing to tell you that this is the best experience I have had in many years. Having seen the Bayeux Tapestry was wonderful. It is different to see it closely than when one is reading about it. Just to describe a little bit about it, it is 230 feet long. It is just 20 inches high and creates one thin piece that tells an incredible story. It is amazing the way the Tapestry uses a number of characters and props to tell a dramatic story. Though the story is from one biased perspective, it is interesting to have the experience. I have learnt that the Bayeux Tapestry represents the events leading up to and during the Battles of Hastings. This event is narrated from a Norman point of view. Bayeux Tapestry is as a remembrance of William the Conqueror. He succeeded in invading the England (Musset, 2002). This led to the end of Anglo-Saxon reign of England. It also started the claim of the crown by Norman leaders. There are figures that can be seen in the Bayeux Tapestry.The best experience was that we role played and each of us represented a figure. To give you a clear picture of what is in Bayeux tapestry, there are three kings who are represented. They include Edward the Confessor, Harold, and William the Conqueror. Other elements that are represented includes more than 600 people with only three women, 200 horses and 50 dogs, more than 500 birds, animals and mythical creatures, approximately 40 ships, 50 trees and 57 Latin Inscriptions comprised on nearly 200 letters. This could not be enough if we could not be given an opportunity to have the real experience of the battle. I felt good when I was told to represent William the Conqueror. It was really a nice experience taking his role.
As William the Conqueror, I was the one who broke the fight. I am accompanied by Harold to fight Duke Conan of Brittany. We passed through Mont St. Michael on the border of Normandy and Brittany. We cross the river together with my troop. We all hold our shields above our heads. Duke Conan Manages to escape and my troop go after him passing through Renes. They finally catch with Duke Conan at Dinan. The fight went on until Conan surrenders to Norman Forces and hand in the keys of Dinan to me. I am pleased with this victory and I was thankful to Harold. I rewarded him with gifts of arms. When the battle is over, I and Harold return to Bayeux in Normandy (Gameson, 1997). This is when Harold makes an oath on holy relics. Harold had sworn to give me support. In the battle of Hasting, I am fully dressed ready to mount in y horse. I ride with my men to war. I am confident and I encourage my men that we are going to win. This is when Harold’s two brothers are slain. My brother in law Bishop Odo suddenly appears on the war and he is brandishing a club than war. I am then knocked from my horse and I take my helmet off. This was a sign to encourage my soldiers to keep fighting. King Harold is killed and the Normans chase the English soldiers. I hope you now have a picture of the battle.
This was fulfilling to me, being part of this historical event. As I was in the battle, all I could see is the heard of soldiers with their weapon. They were eager to overtake the others. I could see my soldiers putting more efforts to win the battle. In the Bayeux Tapestry, all I could see is figures that were involved in the war. In the battle event, I could smell the blind as I imagined the way people were killed. This made the event to appear real. In this experienced, I also experienced the sound of weapons in the war. I could hear the sound of the swords an am telling you it was like a real battle. Having the experience of this event made me love to explore more information about the Bayeux Tapestry. The unveiling of the story in Bayeux Tapestry is superb and you cannot want to hear any interruptions. All I did was two listen to the story as it was unveiled from English and Norman perspectives. I also had a feeling of touching the artwork. I wanted to be sure of the material used to make the tapestry. It is embroidery and I could not believe until I touched. Believe me it is an awesome artifact that everybody would want to see (Owen-Crocker, 2005).
The other interesting thing I learnt from this event is the weapons used. I know all of us are used to guns, but this was different. I had an opportunity to use and know other weapons such as spear which had a leaf-shaped head of iron and wooden haft. There was also a shield that was used for protection in case the spear or arrows were aimed at someone (Brown, 1984). It was a nice experience to learn how to use these weapons in the battle. There was also protective clothing worn by the horsemen. The foot soldiers were also armored and this protected them from the attacks. I would not have known how to use the traditional weapons until I experienced this even. It was such a wonderful opportunity and I cannot wait to come home and narrate the story all over again.
I believe that our side was justified to participate in the battle because we had made a request and everyone wanted to have an experience of the real battle. We had the zeal and this was the opportunity to engage in a battle. I would like the battle to be remembered as one of the best because our team will act as if it is real battle. It will be recorded and shown to others in school. It will also be kept in the school art department for the remembrance of the battle even. I have enjoyed the event and if given another opportunity, I would participate in the even over and over again.
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