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" crosses 1000-1300 years old, Over 1 1/4” height, with especially large ball beam terminals, each with a small point. The cross beam centered with a swell at the junction, which, together with the ball terminals, represents the 5 wounds of Christ. Professionally refurbished with the overlay restored on a modern Sterling silver neck chain.