The Danish/Byzantine connection
Although I had seen one before, I never knew anything about the Dagmar Cross. Dagmar was a Bohemian princess who married King Valdemar of the Danes but died as a young woman in 1212. Her body was exhumed in 1690 and a gold cross in the Byzantine style was found on her body. On one side is the crucified Christ. On the other side is Christ in the center flanked by the Virgin and St. John the Baptist or Forerunner. Above is St. Basil the Great and below is St. John Chrysostom--the two great liturgists in the Eastern tradition. The cross is apparently given as a gift for confirmations and weddings among the Danes today.