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. Conversion was effective and Northern Europeans, primarily Saxons, wore small cross to affirm their Christianity. This example is just under1” (0.94”) height with cross beam above center and a raised edge block at the junction with a saltire (St. Andrew’s Cross) and dots inside the angles to each side. A well known type, this example is particularly skillfully made and crisply preserved. Professionally refurbished with 24karat gold overlay restored on an 18” gilt sterling silver neck chain for contemporary wear. Gift boxed with certificate of authenticity.