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Bayeux Tapestry - Isti Mirant Stella Panel

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After the Battle of Hastings, in which William of Normandy defeated Harold II to become King of Britain, people in the French town of Bayeux created a beautiful tapestry to celebrate the event.  

Known today as the “Bayeux Tapestry,” the work of art includes a panel featuring individuals who are pointing at a comet. (See the middle of the bottom row.)  We know that object was Halley’s Comet (since it made an appearance in 1066).

There is text, as well as images, on the tapestry.  One panel includes these Latin words:

ISTI  MIRANT  STELLA

We can translate those words into English.  They mean:

These [people] look in wonder at the star.

The tapestry was created by the Bayeux artists, circa 1070.

Click on the image for a much-better view.


Media Credits

Image online via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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