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. Charlemangne 's 782 Capitulatio de partibus Saxoniae prescribed laws for Saxons which included being baptized. Failure to do so was punishable by death. “If any one of the race of the Saxons hereafter concealed among them shall have wished to hide himself unbaptized, and shall have scorned to come to baptism and shall have wished to remain a pagan, let him be punished by 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. Over 7/8" height, with bun form terminals. The cross beam centered with a raised edge diamond each side, with a faint tapered post like figure, perhaps representing a localized saint figure. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored on a modern gilt Sterling silver neck chain. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. $9.95 shipping. 5 day return policy.