FINE MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN CROSS NECKLACE C.1100-1300 AD
C.1100-1300 AD. Carolingian, the period of Charlemagne. 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 the penalty of death. Conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small crosses to affirm their Christianity. This is an original Northern European "profession of faith" that crosses 1000-1300 years old, just under 1" in height. Swelled beam terminals representing the "crutches" of the Crusaders cross an element in the arms of Godfrey of Bouillon which he wore during the First Crusade. He was the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem from 1099 to 1100. For that reason, it is also known as the Jerusalem Cross. It is five crosses in one, representing the five wounds of Christ. The center with a square with raised edges and saltires on both sides. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored on a modern gilt Sterling silver neck chain for modern wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.
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