Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Animated Norman Conquest of England (1066)

As part of our summer trip to Europe, we will be viewing the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, France. I have never even heard of this 'tapestry'. The subject of this huge piece, which I read is as long as 3 swimming pools, is the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066. I've been reading about the subject today...

First of all, I always enjoy the information at "history for kids" or Kidipede. It has a very brief overview.
I spent most of my time at this chidding stone site. This site really helped me understand both the invasion/conquest and the tapestry.

This site is the actual website for the Bayeux Tapestry. It talks you through the tapestry scene by scene. I just wish the photos were larger! It also has ACTIVITIES and LEARNING RESOURCES! I haven't looked at these yet, but they sound neat!

My favorite resource was the animated bayeux tapestry (found on YouTube) that I have posted above. But, I had to learn what the invasion was about before I really understood the video! GREAT video! I can't wait to see the actual tapestry now!

P.S. I came across this video by historyteachers today. I have mixed feelings about it, but I think kids might really like it. And, I was happy to know enough about this time in history, now, that I understood the entire video!


rachaelnz said...

Thank you so much for sharing this animated version of the Bayeux Tapestry, Dana! We learned a little bit about it a few years ago when we studied the Battle of Hastings in our history lessons. I also blogged about how a New Zealand man has re-created a mosaic version of the tapestry. My parents visited it and brought home a CD-rom full of allsorts of eductaional material about it. You can see my post here if you like:

Marjorie said...

If you haven't read it already, I highly recommend THE STRIPED SHIPS by McGraw, Eloise Jarvis. It is a very well written story about, "Juliana, an eleven-year-old Saxon girl, loses her home and family when the Normans conquer England in 1066 and seeks to order her life by becoming involved in the creation of the Bayeux tapestry." Excellent depiction of what life was like for the Saxons.

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