FINE MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN CROSS NECKLACE C.800-1000 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 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" cross, 1000-1300 years old. Under 1" (0.94”) height, with ball beam terminals. The cross beam above center with a central square with raised edges and a saltire on one side, worn from burial. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored on an 18” modern gilt sterling silver neck chain.
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