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The Fulford Tapestry


Summary of published report

Visiting the site


Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site


The Fulford Tapestry

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Illustrated by Amanda

Creating the illustrations for the book was a challenging, fascinating and immensely rewarding exercise but, above all, fantastically good fun: after weeks of ordering marauding Vikings into battle and encouraging some rather snooty-looking horses to charge across decidedly hilly terrain, I was sorry to return to the mundanity of everyday life (where I am not an omnipotent being, dealing in momentous battles and royal marriages…).

The Challenge

The process by which many of the images in the book came into being was a rather circuitous one, not least because I was not used to drawing Vikings or their weapons, horses and longships.

We were concerned that this book should represent events in as historically accurate a way as possible.


Ordinarily, I try to find a wide selection of reference material – photographs, artefacts, written accounts and even live subjects – from which to assemble an idea of the image to be created and then begin sketching out a series of ideas.

Unfortunately, as the events and characters in question were buried in hundreds of years of history, such robust, visual evidence was in pretty short supply – I became very familiar with the Bayeux Tapestry, and the woefully-few centimetres of shelf-space in my local library dedicated to this particular period!

I was, however, delighted to find that some figures, such as King Alfred the Great, had helpfully been sculpted in bronze by some generous soul for my reference, so I am marginally more confident in my interpretation of his features than, for example, those of King Ethelred the Unready (for which I had precisely no source back-up…):


Alfred The Great's in Winchester

First Sketch - get the face right Next develop the character Then colour him in


There is a site devoted to saving the battlesite: The site has the story of the process that has allowed the site to be designated an access road to a Green Field, flood-plane housing estate. Visiting Fulford        Map York

And another website for the Fulford Tapestry that tells the story of the September 1066: This tells the story embroidered into the panels.

There is a blog covering these sites where you can leave questions and make comments.

The author of the content is Charles Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com

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