ANCIENT MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN CONVERT'S CROSS 9th CENTURY
Gilt bronze. Complying with Charlemagne's order that all conquered peoples convert to Christianity under penalty of death! The Franks rose to power and in 800 AD Charlemagne was the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Northern Europe and later Italy fell to his armies. The condition for peace was acceptance of Christianity, under penalty of death. Conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small crosses to affirm their Christianity. This cross is one of those, dating 800-900 AD. Slightly under 1" height, the cross beam above center with central square with saltire one side and the other vacant. Well finished as made. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored.