Illustrations of the
Bayeux Tapestry
4th quarter

ISTE NUNTIAT HAROLDUM REGE[M] DE EXERCITU VVILELMI DUCIS HIC VVILLELM DUX ALLOQUITUR SUIS MILITIBUS UT PREPARARENT SE VIRILITER ET SAPIENTER AD PR[O]ELIUM CONTRA ANGLORUM EXERCITU[M] HIC CECIDERUNT LEVVINE ET GYRD FRATRES HAROLDI REGIS HIC CECIDERUNT SIMUL ANGLI ET FRANCI IN PR[O]ELIO HIC ODO EP[ISCOPU]S BACULU[M] TENENS CONFORTAT PUEROS HIC EST VVILEL[MUS] DUX E[USTA]TIUS

HIC FRANCI PUGNANT ET CECIDERUNT QUI ERANT CUM HAROLDO HIC HAROLD REX INTERFECTUS EST ET FUGA VERTERUNT ANGLI

50 This man tells King Harold about Duke William's army 51 Here Duke William speaks to his knights to prepare themselves manfully and wisely for the battle against the army of the English 51a image 51b image 51c image 51d image 52 Here have fallen dead Leofwine and Gyrth, brothers of King Harold 53 Here English and French fell at the same time in battle 54 Here Bishop Odo, holding a club, gives strength to the boys 55 Here is Duke William 56 Eustace 56a Here the French are fighting and have killed those who were with Harold 57 Here King Harold is slain 58 and the English have turned in flight
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Harold is warned of the advance, and William gives an inspiring speech to his men. The Normans attack on horseback. The Anglo-Saxons meet their attack on foot. Harold's brothers are killed in the battle. The battle rages. The Anglo-Saxons defend the top of a hill, and William must prove to his men that he is still in charge. Newly encouraged, the Normans attack viciously. Harold is struck in the eye by an arrow and dies. The Normans are victorious.

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