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Bayeux Tapestry- the 'missing' last section?

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    Posted: 15 Aug 2009 at 02:13
It is well known that this famous embroidery, 20" high and 230ft long, has a missing last section/s. But what could it have depicted originally, and why is it missing at all? Could it have incurred the displeasure of someone powerful?

Containing many 'hidden' messages, symbolic curios, metaphors to events and scandals and allegories, it must have had to appear to please the most powerful men of the age (King William, Archbishop Odo et al), at least superficially.

The last section known to us today shows William's victorious cavalry pursuing the vanquished English huscarls and fleeing fyrdsmen at dusk on 14th October 1066.
So, perhaps made in the mid-1070's, presumably for Archbishop Odo's consecration in 1077 of Bayeux Cathedral (?), it therefore must have originally contained something of the following;-

  • William's ravaging whilst his army widely encircled a beleaguered London?
  • The submission of Queen Edith and her persuading of Winchester to do likewise?
  • The submission of the English witan, merchants and nobles at Berkhamstead?
  • The entering of London from it's north gate (after a violent scuffle led by Ansgar the Staller) by William?
  • Duke William's crowning as King, 25th December 1066? And the Norman panic as crowning proclamations were shouted?
  • William's triumphant returning to Rouen with his famous English nobles, churchmen and important captives?

Would the tapestry have ended with William's crowning in order to avoid telling of the English revolts of 1067 by Count Eustace at Dover as well as the English at Exeter?; York 1069; Chester 1069/70 and Ely by Hereward in 1070/71, which all eventually led to the introduction of the Murdrum Fine in the 1080's?

What could have possibly led to the 'removal' of the missing last section? Or was it simply fire/damp damage or someone's personal greed?
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