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 small crosses to affirm their Christianity. This example is just under 7/8” (0.84”) in height, with a centered cross beam and a rounded rectangular block at the junction with a depression on one side. Surface textured from burial. Professionally refurbished with 24karat gold overlay restored. On a gilt 18” neck chain. Jewelry gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.