EARLY CHRISTIAN CROSS C.800-1000 AD
Gilt bronze, 1” height. Faint saltire at intersection of beams which terminate in spheres. 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 acceptance of Christianity, under penalty of death. Conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small crosses to affirm their Christianity. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored.