Event—Adult Education

The Bayeux Tapestry

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

The beautiful designed, meticulously crafted artifact known as the Bayeux Tapestry is as personally touching as it is historically and culturally valuable. Its 64.38 centimeters of linen panels, on which women whose identity will never be known meticulously stitched images and words, render in stunning detail an event that changed the history of western Europe—the Battle of Hastings, October 14, 1066. That event inextricably wove the futures of the Norman French and the Anglo Saxons into a new relationship. Though often in conflict, they would together weave a new language (English), a new way of organizing (shared governance), and an expanded sense of the continent of Europe—with the British Isles no longer apart. In this two-session virtual seminar, we will review events leading up to the Battle, meet the principals involved, view the encounters, and acknowledge the often-heroic efforts of citizens to preserve the tapestry through numerous cataclysms over more than nine centuries.

Two sessions. Registration – $120

Susanne Dumbleton is professor emeritus and former dean at DePaul University. Her doctoral studies focused on medieval English literature, and she maintains an interest in the events of 1066 as they relate to the development of the English language and the emergence of English-French relations.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no required reading for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.