The Bayeux Tapestry is an historical artifact that never fails to impress depicting as it does such a pivotal moment in British and Channel Island history, that of the invasion & conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. The vibrant colours and the way it is displayed means that you can be literally centimeters away from a beautiful artifact that’s nearly a thousand years old. It excites the imagination into imagining the events it depicts.
However, look closely and you will come across oddities that are hard to explain. Mysterious characters, some named, some not, appear in the main body and borders. Add to that some of the cuirious rather theatrical gestures they appear to be making and there emerges a sense of mystery rising like a mist from the aging cloth.
Most of these gestures can be explained and for some we have to go back even further in time to Roman and Greek antiquity to uncover their meaning and bring to the surface more subtle meanings than you would at first suspect. Medieval people would have understood the nuances and meanings that are now lost to our modern minds.