The 950-year-old Bayeux Tapestry is as much an object of fascination for its mysterious origins and formidable craft as it is for the nationalist debates it continues to inspire.
Amateur detectorists do a lot of the heavy lifting on which archaeologists depend.
But the British soon got the hang of profanity.
After the Norman Conquest, England's fate became intimately entwined with France and an enduring relationship with Western Europe was born.
Nine centuries after it was commissioned to celebrate the Norman Conquest, the famed tapestry is finally going to visit England.
When the Normans conquered England, they brought their continental tastes with them.
1066 was a close-run thing and Harold almost cemented his reputation as a military mastermind. An English victory may not have benefited the country, though.