Medieval Bronze Christian Cross 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 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, particularly large, just over 1 1/2” height with the cross beam centered. Spherical swell at the beam junction and each baluster form beam terminals. Excellent as found condition with fine patina on well preserved surface. Jewelry gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.