MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN CROSS
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 acceptance of Christianity, under penalty of death. The conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore a small cross to affirm their Christianity. This example is 1” height with cross beam above center and a square block with saltire at the junction. Delicate proportions. Professionally refurbished with gold overlay restored.