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 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" crosses 1000-1300 years old, just over 7/8”, 0.88” in height with the cross beam slightly above center. Globular beam terminals and raised edge square enclosing a saltire at the center, both sides. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold surface restored. On a gilt Sterling silver neck chain, gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.