Bayeux Tapestry to leave France for first time in 950 years

Bayeux Tapestry to leave France for first time in 950 years

Over a succession of scenes, it chronicles events leading up to the Norman conquest of England by William the Conqueror and culminates in the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of Harold in 1066.

The paper said the director of the Bayeux Museum in Normandy - where the tapestry is now based - confirmed preparations were under way for the embroidery to be re-located, but said tests would need to be carried out to make sure it could be moved without being damaged.

Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, said he would be "honoured and delighted" to display the 70m embroidered depiction of the Norman Conquest, hailing news that France had approved a loan to the United Kingdom as "a gesture of extraordinary generosity".

The Bayeux Tapestry, the 70-metre-long embroidered cloth depicting William of Normandy's 1066 victory over the Saxons at Hastings, could be put on display in the UK.

Macron approved the transfer of the tapestry ahead of a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May, according to The Times, which added that it may not actually go on display until 2023.

What are the origins of the tapestry?

In 2012, said the artwork's needlework was "consistent throughout", suggesting one group of specialist embroiderers worked on it, in the same place at the same time.

It was a turning point in history as it ended the Anglo-Saxons's long reign of more than 600 years.

The tapestry has left Normandy twice, both times for Paris - once in 1804 and again, briefly, for the Louvre in 1944. But previous attempts to bring the real artifact to the United Kingdom - for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and for the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings 13 years later - have proven unsuccessful.

It includes a depiction of the old king, Harold II, who took an arrow to the eye during the battle and died. This is disputed by earlier sources claiming that four Norman knights killed Harold.

Another story suggests the tapestry was nearly used as a tarpaulin to cover ammunition during the French Revolution, before a lawyer saved it.

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