Gilt bronze. Complying with Charlemagne’s order that all conquered peoples convert to Christianity under penalty of death! The Franks rose to power and in 800 AD Charlemagne was the first Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Northern Europe and later Italy fell to his armies. The condition for peace was acceptance of Christianity, under penalty of death. Conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small crosses to affirm their Christianity. This cross is one of those, dating 900-1000 AD. 7/8” height, with the cross bean centered on a large quartered circle. The terminals expanded and together with the center circle, represent the five wounds of Christ. Professionally refurbished with the gold overlay restored. Item ships one business day after payment.Domestic: Flat-rate of $9.95 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Flat-rate of $12.95 to anywhere in the world.
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