Why is Harold a hero of the Bayeux Tapestry?

In the wake of the announcement that the celebrated embroidery will be loaned to Britain in 2022, Michael Lewis asks why this exquisite account of the Normans' triumph of 1066 is so sympathetic to the vanquished English

Harold Godwinson is proclaimed king of England in the Bayeux Tapestry. It may have been commissioned by a Norman but this magnificent artwork repeatedly acknowledges the English leader’s piety and courage. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2018 issue of BBC History Magazine

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