Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Ye Olde Medieval Storey

The first time I heard about the Bayeux Tapestry I was in Fourth Grade. In the hullabaloo surrounding the appearance of Halley's Comet, its famous depiction of "they marvel at the star" showed up in newspapers, books, and posters. It was cool to think about how this object we could go outisde and see in the sky was the same that had been taken as an omen of doom over 900 years earlier.

It was only later, in high school, when I started to learn more about 1066 and the Battle of Hastings that I was able to contextualize the Tapestry as more than just some ancient image. It's my current historical object of fascination. One of these days I would love to see it with my own eyes.

Until then, I made my own. There's no deep historical or philosophical meaning...it's a depiction of an old Latin joke. You don't have to understand Latin to get it, although it does make it funnier. If you don't get it, just try reading it out loud. If you so much as chortle audibly, you are a nerd.












































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