Chapter 7: The King is Dead...

Scene 1: Edward’s funeral

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Edward died on the 5th January 1066. The Tapestry reverses the scenes of his death and his burial. Here, we see his funeral procession to Westminster Abbey, his great new church, although Edward had been too ill to attend its consecration on the 28th December 1065. In the upper chamber, King Edward is shown in his bed, speaking with his faithful followers, which includes both Harold and Queen Edith. Below, Edward is shown dead with a priest in attendance. Harold is then presented with the crown and axe by two noblemen, symbols of royal authority that will make him King. Harold accepts the offer.