Bayeux Tapestry, a piece of pictorial needlework, supposed to have been done by Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, and the ladies of her court, representing the events connected with the conquest of England. It is worked like a sampler in woollen thread of different colors, is 20 inches wide and 214 feet long, and has 72 divisions, each with a Latin inscription designating its subject. It is of great historical value, since it not only exhibits with minuteness Norman customs and manners at the time of the conquest, but pictures events of which no other record exists - among others, the siege of Dinan and the war between the duke of Normandy and Conan, earl of Brittany. It remained in the cathedral of Bayeux, in Normandy, for which it was probably wrought, till 1803, when by order of Napoleon it was taken to Paris, where it was exhibited at the national museum, and thence to other large towns in France. It was then deposited in the town hall of Bayeux, where it now remains, preserved under glass in the public library.