Gilt bronze. Slightly over 1” height. Slender proportions with the cross beam centered. Central raised edge cross enclosing a plain cross without Corpus Christi. Each terminal with a sphere surmounted by a nub, a reference to the cross and globe (Christ over the World) which was in use by this time. 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. The 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. Exceptional condition. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restore on a modern gilt neck chain. Gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.