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Bayeux tapestry

Page type: Meme
Era: Internet centralization
Categories: Classic memes ; Meme templates ; Gallery
First appearance: May 2003
Peak popularity: 2004

Medieval hijinks

The Bayeux tapestry, at the Bayeux museum.
Embroidered in the 11th century, the Bayeux Tapestry[1] is a massive artwork retelling the events of the Battle of Hastings, which took place in 1066[2]. Extremely well preserved, it is on display at the Bayeux Museum[3].

Quite ahead of its time, the Bayeux Tapestry is reminiscent of modern day comic strips: it shows the battle's events using illustrations of various characters in action, surrounded by text descriptions in medieval Latin[4].

Recognizing the creative potential of this tapestry's distinct style, German artists Björn Karnebogen and Gerd Jungbluth published a website called the "Historic Tale Construction Kit" in 2003, which allowed users to create their own images in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry[5].

At first, some people used it to create medieval illustrations of modern events[6], which made it a viral success. Eventually, the tapestry generator became a staple of meme culture, being used to give them a medieval twist, including text made to sound like old English[7] (or, more accurately, early modern English)[8].

The Historic Tale Construction Kit has since gone offline, but there are still other websites that allow you to build your own Bayeux tapestries[9]. Have some fun: give it a try


Sources & Links

[1] Bayeux Tapestry on Wikipedia.

[2] Battle of Hastings on Wikipedia.

[3] La tapisserie de Bayeux on Bayeux Museum.

[4] Bayeux Tapestry tituli on Wikipedia.

[5] Historic tale construction kit on Netzspannung.

[6] Bayeux. Un site pour composer la Tapisserie à sa guise on Ouest France.

[7] Old English on Wikipedia.

[8] Early modern english on Wikipedia.

[9] Historic tale construction kit lets you generate you own tapestry memes!

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