MEDIEVAL SAXON CONVERT’S CROSS C.800-1000 AD
Gilt bronze. Slightly under 1” height, with good spherical beam terminals signifying Christ’s rule over the World. Central square enclosing a saltire. The back with a similar square with very broad borders and small saltire. The emergence from the Dark Ages is embodied in the rise to power of the Frankish King, Charlemagne in 768 (founder of the Holy Roman Empire after 800) followed by conquering southern Europe from France to Italy and much of Northern Europe. The condition for peace was the acceptance of Christianity, under penalty of death. The conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small crosses to affirm their Christianity. This is an original Northern European “profession of faith” cross 1000-1300 years old of superior quality and in superior preservation. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored. Gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.