Illustrations of the
Bayeux Tapestry
1st quarter

EDVVARD REX VBI HAROLD DVX ANGLORVM ET SVI MILITES EQVITANT AD BOSHAM ECCLESIA[M] HIC HAROLD MARE NAVIGAVIT ET VELIS VENTO PLENIS VENIT IN TERRA[M] VVIDONIS COMITIS HAROLD HIC APPREHENDIT VVIDO HAROLDV[M] ET DVXIT EVM AD BELREM ET IBI EVM TENVIT VBI HAROLD ┐ VVIDO PARABOLANT VBI NVNTII VVILLELMI DVCIS VENERVNT AD VVIDONE[M] NVNTII VVILLELMI + HIC VENIT NVNTIVS AD VVILGELMVM DVCEM HIC VVIDO ADDVXIT HAROLDVM AD VVILGELMVM NORMANNORVM DVCEM HIC DVX VVILGELM CVM HAROLDO VENIT AD PALATIV[M] SVV[M] VBI VNVS CLERICVS ET ÆLFGYVA HIC VVILLEM DVX ET EXERCITVS EIVS VENERVNT AD MONTE[M] MICHAELIS
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1 King Edward 2-3 Where Harold, duke of the English, and his knights ride to Bosham Church 4 Here Harold sailed by sea 5 and with sails filled with wind came to the land of Count Wido (Guy de Ponthieu) 6 Harold 7 Here Guy de Ponthieu seized Harold 8 and led him to Beaurain and held him there 9 Where Harold & Guy de Ponthieu confer 10 Where the messengers of Duke William came to Guy de Ponthieu 11 The messengers of William 12 Here the messenger comes to Duke William 13 Here Guy de Ponthieu led Harold to William Duke of the Normans 14 Here Duke William comes with Harold to his palace 15 Where a cleric and Ælfgyva… 16 Here Duke William and his army came to the Mount of Michael
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Harold Godwinson confers with King Edward the Confessor and sets out on his journey. Harold and his men prepare for a sea voyage with a final prayer and meal. Then they board their ships, taking dogs and falcons with them. Their landing on the coast of France is met by the hostile Guy of Ponthieu. Harold is taken prisoner. While Harold talks with Guy, William of Normandy prepares a rescue mission. William's men hurry to Beaurain. Guy surrenders his prisoner to William. Harold and William return to Normandy. Harold and William celebrate their new relationship by fighting together against Conan of Brittany, but disaster nearly strikes at Mont. St. Michel.

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