Thanks to a request from staff in HCA I’m pleased to let you know the Library currently has trial access to the Bayeux Tapestry Online from Scholarly Digital Editions. This online version allows you to scroll through the entire Tapestry and zoom in on the Tapestry to the level of the actual weave.
You can access from the E-resources trials page.
Access is available on and off-campus.
Trial access ends 31st December 2019.
As well as including general descriptions of the forty scenes of the Tapestry, intended as a beginner’s guide, Bayeux Tapestry Online also includes commentary on each of the 173 panels, detailing all major and minor interpretative issues in the Tapestry; the ability to toggle between English and Latin in the inscriptions; a clickable genealogy of William and Harold’s ties to the English throne; an animated and clickable map of English and Norman geography of the Tapestry, and a map of the battlefield; a library featuring translations of seventeen textual analogues to the events depicted in the Tapestry; a museum containing thirty-seven visual analogues (medieval artifacts, manuscript illuminations, archaeological remains, etc.) to aspects of the Tapestry; full scrollable and zoomable versions of three early (pre-restoration) facsimiles of the Tapestry and much, much more.
Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.
Please note, trial access to a resource is an opportunity for our staff and students to try a resource out and give feedback on its quality and usefulness. However, if we trial a resource this is not an indication that we plan to or will be able to purchase or subscribe to the resource in the near future.
Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology