EARLY CHRISTIAN CROSS NECKLACE C.800-1000 AD
Just over 1” height. Silvered bronze. Flat beams flaring slightly to the terminals, each of which ends with a sphere with a small central nub. 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. Professionally refurbished with the silver overlay restored on modern sterling silver neck chain suitable for modern wear. Gift box with a certification of authenticity.