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Fire and thread: Bayeux-inspired ‘Game of Thrones’ tapestry unveiled in France

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Fire and thread: Bayeux-inspired 'Game of Thrones' tapestry unveiled in France

BAYEUX, France (Reuters) – The French city of Bayeux has been hosting a tapestry for a millennium representing a bloody battle for power.

Now there's another one.

An exhibition featuring a tapestry illustrating the events of HBO's popular TV show "Game of Thrones" opened in Bayeux, Normandy on Friday – just below the museum, where the 11th-century inspiration is located.

The tapestry was created in Northern Ireland, one of the premier filming locations in the series. About 30 seamstresses worked for 1,500 hours on the linen patch, which begins with King Robert Baratheon visiting the Starks at Winterfell.

About 87 meters later, it ends in fire and blood with the final and controversial scenes of the eighth season.

Representing all this blood using jacquard lines was not easy, said embroidery chief Valerie Wilson, the project's head.

It would have been a challenge that also faced the medieval embroiderers who created the famous 70-foot Bayeux tapestry to recount William the Conqueror's invasion of England. The work brings to life scenes such as the Battle of Hastings in 1066, where Harold of Wessex is shown dying with an arrow in his eye.

"The Game of Thrones tapestry refers to Bayeux tapestry stylistically and in terms of some of the motifs that were used and the way the story unfolds in a linear fashion," Wilson said.

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Both tapestries also address a common theme, said Antoine Verney, chief curator of the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. "We can justify violence to claim power," he said.

The show was based on the books "Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin.

The "Game of Thrones" exhibition in Bayeux runs from September 13 to December 31 at the Hotel du Doyen, where the Bayeux tapestry was originally exhibited before its eventual move to the nearby dedicated museum.

Report by Michaela Cabrera and Clotaire Achi; Written by Rosalba O'Brien and Laurence Frost; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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