Wednesday, November 21, 2007


One of the great historical records of the Middle Ages in Britain lies, not in a library, and not even in Britain, but in a specially-built tourist centre in Bayeux, France. The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story of William the Conqueror's invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings which led to his victory (n.b. Hastings is where we have our new seaside apartment).

We do not know for certain who commissioned the tapestry, though the likeliest candidate is William's half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux.

What we do know is that one of my ancestors fought on the side of the English against William. Sadly, we did not win but my ancestor has been captured for eternity in the tapestry.

Can you see Fazbeux my ancestor (you might have to biggify)?

22 comments:

Forty Paws said...

Oh yes! We can see Fazbeaux, your ancestor!

Luf, Us

Jan said...

Hey, Faz,

Thanks for stopping by to visit us. We are happy to hear you only like the white turkey meat and don't pig out on food that is bad for you.

But we're wondering, does "squitty" mean what we think it does?

Jan's Funny Farm

Forty Paws said...

Sorry, we spelled "Fazbeux" incorrectly in the previous post!

Luf, Us

Derby said...

You have famous ancestors Faz, how lucky of you. Mum knows where Hastings is!

Caesar and Princess said...

Oh wowie, your famous Fazbeux buckety ancestor is right there on the boat.... showing William and his army the way! How brave!
Fazzie you must be very proud, you should be! We think your beans should get a copy of this tapestry and hang it in your seaside home sweet home.

We hope you have a very very happy Thursday and Friday
curly snuggles from both of us to you our sweet calico~kins

The Fluffy Tribe said...

we do, we see yer ancestor ther in the tapestry wow


~the fluffy Tribe

Pablo said...

Took me AGES to find Fazbeux! I can definitely see the family resemblance.

Lux said...

That is very cool! :)

Happy Thanksgiving,
Lux

Gemini said...

Wow! your ancestor must have been important to even get a place in the tapestry!

The Cat Realm said...

Yes, I see him! How extraordinarily interesting! Does that make you kind of like Royalty?
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Your friend Karl

Tyler said...

WOW, he looks so realistic compared to the others in the tapestry. They must have really liked cats back then to have captured his image so realistically.

Mickey said...

I can see Fazbeux. Looks very good too ;)
You have quite the lineage :)

michico*Adan said...

That is very neat~!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, FAZ!!

Dragonheart said...

I do see your ancestor in the tapestry, Faz! Very cool. :)

Ramses said...

Oh dat's cool! :) My Mummy's little bothers say her birthday is on day they fought the Battle of Hastings in 1066 when they'z wants to wind up their big sis! ;)

Jimmy Joe said...

Hey, that is a cool ancestor, Faz! Today is my favorite holiday, so I'm gonna be helpin' Momma out in the kitchen.
Your buddy, Jimmy Joe

Hot(M)BC said...

Hey, we can see Fazbeaux. Cool!
Happy Fanksgiving Faz :)
Purrrrrrrrrs!
Sanjee, Boni Maroni, Mini, Gree and Pepi

Daisy said...

I see Fazbeux! How fancy that Fazbeux is immortalized in a tapestry!

Parker said...

Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes!

Tiger Lily said...

Hey! Fazbeaux is almost as beautiful as you are!

Thank you very much for your kind comments for Ruckus and my Daddy. We really appreciate the encouragement they gave us! Both are feeling better, although Ruckus is back to normal (strange!) and my Daddy still has a long way to go.

Black Cat said...

Cool ancestry you have there Faz! I used to spend quite a few weekends in Hastings, mostly in the Old Town pubs...:) xxx

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

The biggify really doesn't biggify it, but I can still see Fezbeaux....he look like gonna get stepped on!