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Has the Battle of Hastings artist done his homework?

Battle of HastingsThis enquiry will take you to the heart of what good interpretations work should be: unpicking how the past is reconstructed.

Students are asked to find  different features in a brilliant drawing of a scene from the Battle of Hastings. They are then asked how did the artist know?

They analyse  written sources, then the Bayeux Tapestry to check.

Next they hear from the artist who tells them exactly how he re-constructed the image.

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  • Lesson presentation: PowerPoint
  • Lesson write-up: PDF
  • Resources 1-4 including the artist reconstruction and sources:PDF
  • Worksheet 1: PDF

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