Bayeux Tapestry and how images shape historical views

As the article shared below explains, the Bayeux Tapestry is an exceptional example of historical propaganda. The 230-foot tapestry that depicts the Norman Conquest of 1066 from the Norman point of view is headed for display in England, the country that was conquered. The tapestry has not been in the country since artisans completed the embroidery over 900 years ago.

The effort that the creation of the immense tapestry must have required reveals the motivations of those who planned the work. They placed great importance on shaping the images that would influence people’s view of history and the social order. This is always one of the goals of mass media. The images and narratives shown in books, television, films, internet, and even fabric can skew realities in one or two generations and erase whole points of view. Historical acceptance eventually confers legitimacy.

As a fantasy author, my task includes the building of worlds. As a student of mass media and propaganda, I’ve always tried to weave propagandist elements into my stories. My characters who’re part of elite segments often take great care in managing how the larger society perceives and reacts to their actions. The first epic series that I wrote, The Rys Chronicles, has many examples of this type of narrative crafting. In that story, a society undergoes a great rebellion. I show how the rebels play upon the emotions of the people to elicit the responses that they need. I also include details that show how the art and philosophies of the existing order have permeated and controlled the society up to the point of rebellion.

English and French rivalry highlighted by loan of historic Bayeux Tapestry

French President Emmanuel Macron visits England on Thursday to discuss a host of bilateral issues, from migration to Brexit. That seems like a pretty routine, boring story. Yet excitement is rising in both countries because of a single piece of cloth.

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