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YE BERLYN TAPESTRIE:
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A terrific parody of the Bayeux Tapestry first drawn over a hundred years ago, here is the satirical response by pioneering British illustrator John Hassall to the sense of outrage that gripped Britain at the start of the First World War. Poking fun at German aggression he hit on the idea of satirising and adding to the growing genre of war propaganda. He uses 30 pictorial panels to tell the story of Kaiser Wilhelm II's invasion of Luxembourg and Belgium. In mock-archaic language, he narrates the progress of the German Army, never missing an opportunity to lampoon 'bad' behaviour: 'Wilhelm giveth orders for frightfulness.' The caricatured Germans loot homes, makes gas from Limburg cheese and sauerkraut, and drink copious amounts of wine, and shamefully march through Luxembourg with 'women and children in front.' With comic inventiveness, Hassall adapts the borders of the original to illustrate the stereotypical objects with which the English then associated their enemy - schnitzel, sausages, pilsner, wine corks and wild boar. With striking bold outlines, a sepia dark red flat colour, medieval style text which is just hilarious when read, it is reproduced on a wonderful foldout concertina just like the original. 'So he diggeth himself in behind ye barbed wire and so do the allies?' 64 pages, 17 x 14.6cm and published by the Bodleian Library.

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