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Bayeux tapestry

(Encyclopedia) Bayeux tapestry. This so-called tapestry is in fact an embroidery that chronicles the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror ( William I ) in 1066. It is a long, narrow...

Bayeux

(Encyclopedia) Bayeux bäyo͞o´, Fr. bäyö´ [key], town (1990 pop. 15,106), Calvados dept., N France, in Normandy, near the English Channel. It is a farm and communications center, noted for its lace indu...

tapestry

(Encyclopedia) tapestry, hand-woven fabric of plain weave made without shuttle or drawboy, the design of weft threads being threaded into the warp with fingers or a bobbin. The name has been extended to cover...

Taillefer

(Encyclopedia) Taillefer tīəfĕr´ [key], fl. 1066, Norman warrior and trouvère. According to medieval chronicles and evidence in the Bayeux Tapestry, he led the Norman army at Hastings into battle, singi...

embroidery

(Encyclopedia) embroidery, ornamental needlework applied to all varieties of fabrics and worked with many sorts of thread—linen, cotton, wool, silk, gold, and even hair. Decorative objects, such as s...

Aubusson

(Encyclopedia) Aubusson ōbüsôN [key], town (1993 est. pop. 5,546), Creuse dept., central France, in the former province of Marche, on the Creuse River. Its famous tapestry and carpet manufactures date fro...

Lurçat, Jean

(Encyclopedia) Lurçat, Jean zhäN lürsă´ [key], 1892–1966, French artist and writer. Lurçat worked as a painter and lithographer, illustrating numerous books. He is best known, however, as a tapestry ...

Gobelins, Manufacture nationale des

(Encyclopedia) Gobelins, Manufacture nationale des mänüfäktür´ näsēônäl´ dā gôblăN´ [key], state-controlled tapestry manufactory in Paris. It was founded as a dye works in the mid-15th cent. by...

Oudry, Jean Baptiste

(Encyclopedia) Oudry, Jean Baptiste zhäN bätēst´ o͞odrē´ [key], 1686–1755, French animal painter. A pupil of Largillière, he became court painter to Louis XV, recording the king's hunts in his pain...

Wace

(Encyclopedia) Wace wās [key], c.1100–1174, Norman-French poet of Jersey. King Henry II made him canon of Bayeux. His Roman de Brut (1155) is a long, rhymed chronicle of British history based on th...

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