The Bayeux is named for the famous Tapestry depicting the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.
Nothing is known for certain about the tapestry’s origins. The first written record of the Bayeux Tapestry is in 1476 when it was recorded in the cathedral treasury at Bayeux as "a very long and narrow hanging on which are embroidered figures and inscriptions comprising a representation of the conquest of England".
The Bayeux Tapestry was probably commissioned in the 1070s by Bishop Odo of Bayeux, half-brother of William the Conqueror. It is over 70 meters long and, although it is called a tapestry, it is in fact an embroidery, stitched, not woven, in woolen yarns on linen. Some historians argue that it was embroidered in Kent, England. The original tapestry is on display at Bayeux in Normandy, France.
The Bayeux sword is classified as an Oakeshott Type X. Oakeshott describes the typical Type X as a broad flat blade of medium length with a fuller running the entire length and fading out an inch or so from the point.
Though the point is narrow enough for thrusting, this is principally a cutting sword, designed for use against opponents in mail armour.
This is a classic design for Norman or Early Crusader era sword, simple yet elegant and brutal.