WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR
FROM UNKNOWN TO KING
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This webquest has been designed as a fun, simple information gathering exercise for students to familiarise themselves with research on the internet in a controlled situation.
Two lessons of internet use should be more than sufficient to complete the task and as the presentation method is graphic based and not ICT based it can be completed for homework.
The webquest should be part of a larger unit of study such as the origins of feudalism in England, the Norman Conquest, the influence of French culture on Anglo-Celtic England.
The images from the Reading Bayeux Tapestry are (1) the crowning of Harold Godwinson and (2) the death of Harold at Hastings.
The story behind the existence of the Reading Bayeux Tapestry is interesting. In the late 19th century a group of sewers from Reading decided that it was inappropriate that the Frence (at Bayeux) have the only copy of the Tapestry given that it is about events to do with English History. So they travelled to Bayeux and proceeded to sew a copy of the Tapestry to bring back to England. That copy is now housed in Reading Museum. There are some very interesting alterations, changes, emphases distinguishing the tapestries but they are, essentially, the same. The Reading Museum site is much more accessible to students for information on the Tapestry than the French sites.