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Bayeux Tapestry Scene 38

 

ISTI MIRANT(UR) STELLA(M)

These (men) wonder at the star

 

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The scene showing Halley’s comet occurs immediately after Harold’s coronation showing the comet as a portent of disaster following Harold’s accession to the throne. However, Harold’s coronation took place in early January, but the first appearance of the comet would have been around 24 April 1066, nearly four months later.

The close juxtaposition of the coronation scene and the appearance of the comet, which is then followed by Harold seated on his throne, cleverly makes the comet appear as an immediate sign of displeasure from the heavens.