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Take a trip back in history to 1066

The Full Story of the Norman Conquest

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What is the Medieval Mosaic?

The mosaic is a complete re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It was created in three sections out of 3,000,000 pieces of spring steel. The tiny pieces of steel, which have an area approximately 7 square millimetres, are the off-cuts from a patterning disk used on a very large industrial knitting machine.

This labour of love has taken 33 years to complete. It was started in 1979 and was finally completed in 2012. The mosaic measures 64 metres (210 feet) and weighs approximately 350 kilograms (770 lbs.)

What happened before the Battle of Hasting and what happened after?

Although the Medieval Mosaic is a re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry, the tapestry only tells part of the story. The Medieval Mosaic brings it all together and tells the story of the Battle of Fulford, the Battle of Stamford Bridge, the Battle of Hastings and all the events leading up to the crowning of William the Conqueror on Christmas day, 1066.

And our Interactive Portal system gives you access to it all..

The complete story of the period of 1066. From the people, to the culture and events of the time.

Feature Highlights

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Interactive Scenes

Each part of the scene is clickable and expands into further detailed information about the individual aspect. There are over 7,000 clickable areas across the mosaic. You will notice a numbered black box at the top of each scene. Click on the box for an explanation of the scene. Click on the blue links for even more detail.

Maps

Access to maps of England and Wales at approximately 1 inch to the mile. You will see green castle icons on the maps. Click on these icons to access information about the castles. There are over 1,500 castles in the castle section of the site.

Interactive Music Book

The pages of this medieval music book are from the Czech Republic and it is one of the most beautiful illuminated music manuscripts I have encountered.

A selection of medieval music has been attached to each page, There are 14 illuminated pages with 7 music tracks attached.

And there's so much more...

Complete Feature List

Scans of the entire mosaic in 3 resolutions:
Thumbnail (13000 x 120 pixels)
Medium (69000 x 600 pixels)
High (265000 x 2450 pixels)Extremely detailed Interactive History of the Bayeux Tapestry
Website interface
Library – 72 full-text historical books plus many extracts.
460 Aesop’s fables integrated into the Tapestry
Latin to English translations of the Tapestry
Heraldry – Banners, Shields, Coats of Arms
Genealogy – Family Histories of 750 of the Companions of the Conqueror
Brass Rubbing – Virtual Brass Rubbing Centre
Colouring Book – 50 pages of the tapestry to colour.
Celtic Knot Creator – design your own Celtic knots.
Halley’s Comet – Interactive Planetary System.
Planetarium – Stars, Planets, Galaxies, Nebula.
Search Engine – Google style search engine.
Rolls – Battle Abbey, Falaise, Dives, Wace plus 11 other rolls.
12 Illuminated Manuscripts – Book of Kells, Lindisfarne, Crusader Bible etc.
80 Humerous Verses by Stanley Holloway – Hastings, Matilda, Rufus, etc.
Maps – England and wales at approximatly 1 inch to the mile.
Music – Turn the pages Medieval Music Book.
110 Stories for Children – Talking book.
Runes – English to runes translator.
Kings and Queens – Histories of over 2000 members of the royal family.
Weapons – Extensive information on Medieval Weapons and Armour.
Battles – Over 200 historic battles
Castles – Over 1500 castles of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Clans – Histories of over 100 clans of Scotland.
Palaces – Histories of 38 Royal residences.
Monasteries – Histories of 190 monasteries of England.
Cathedrals – Histories of 69 Cathedrals of England
Slide Show – 100 Souvenir photos of Canterbury New Zealand.
180 Tri-Alphametics – Number Letter substitution puzzles. Plus Bonus Pack.
Magic Cube – A 3D interactive model. Adds to 2052 in every possible direction.
80 interactive games and puzzles including Chess, Backgammon, Sudoku, Scrabble, Bridge, Uno, Yahtzee, + many more.
Cross Stitch – 720 Pages of Cross Stitch Charts.
Paper Craft – 66 Manesse Minatures by kind permission of minilabmodels.

Purchase Online Today

Our portal system is available in two forms, an online version (internet connection always required) or an offline version in the form of a USB stick.
8Gb USB

USB Stick

This 8GB USB stick covers the period of the Norman Conquest of England in more detail than ever before. Whether it’s for the history, the puzzles, the cross stitch, the Domesday book or for the myriad of other interesting features this work has to offer, the USB makes a treasured gift for young and old alike.

8Gb USB

Online Portal Access

Enter the portal for instant access to all the contents of the USB, bringing you the complete story of 1066. It includes the story, the people, the culture, and events of the time. In addition to the exhaustive history, an intricate path of puzzles utilizing over 10,000 pieces, has been encoded into the background of the mosaic. Whether its history, puzzles, cross stitch, genealogy, manuscripts or maybe for the kids. Just don’t tell them its educational. In the words of an eleven year old boy “It’s better than dinosaurs”