SAXON CROSS NECKLACE 9th-10th CENTURY
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. Just over 7/8" height including the suspension loop. The cross beam above center with a raised edge square to the front, with faint saltire and other decoration, obscured by 1000 years of burial. The back plain. Professionally refurbished with the pure silver surface restored on an 18” Sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.
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