madder plant

Other tapestries
 Recording the events of September 1066
raven sketch

Find out about the battle of Fulford



The battle of Fulford website


Panel 1 - Scarborough


  Panel 2 - Rampage through Holderness


  Panel 3 - Preparing for battle


Panel 4 -Confrontation


Panel 5 - Outflanking at the ford  


Panel 6 - King Harald enters York

Visiting Fulford

Map York

Why a tapestry? 

There is good reason to believe that in the 11th century it was not uncommon to employ these to record the deed of the living and to provide a souvenir for subsequent generations. Tapestries do not last for ever - Regimental colours which were made in a similar way, had to be replaced every century so a tapestry that was taken out regularly would last a similar time. The survival of the Bayeux tapestry is exceptional. 


The Liber Eliensis (Book of Ely) records that Brythnoth's widow gave the Cathedral a tapestry or hanging celebrating his deeds. We do not have any record of the content so we do not know if it depicts the battle of Maldon. This was apparently given very soon after his death. If so, it had probably previously been prepared earlier and used to decorate his hall on fest days. Byrhtnoth was married to Ælfflæd, sister of Dowager Queen Edith , and thus a kinsman of King Edgar by marriage. 

SKOG tapestry (above)

Read about the battle that inspired the tapestry

Panel 1 from the coloured design

The author of the content is Charles Jones -

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launched May 2012

last updated Dec 2012

Panel 6 from the original sketch

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