Opus Anglicanum

Lit. 'English work'. In the 10c and 11c decorated textiles were often referred to as being distinctly English, notably gold embroidery. However, the reputation of this work lasted well into the 15c. By the 12c the very finest textiles were always assumed to be the work of English hands. (The English reputation for metal-work was equally high.) Most of this work was embroidery. St Dunstan is said to have designed stuffs to be embroidered, while the daughters of Edward the Elder were known for their skill. When William the Conqueror returned to Normandy the Normans were astonished by the richness of his English robes. The *Bayeux Tapestry, along with material (added in 934 by King jTZthelstan) from St Cuthbert's sarcophagus form some important early examples of opus Anglicanum; later medieval examples have survived more extensively.

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