This painting is based on the story of King Charlemagne, called by some the greatest of medieval kings. Only King Arthur is more revered as a Christian King. Charlemagne was kind, yet fiercely defensive of his family and empire. His exploits spawned both histories and romances. Charlemagne was profusely generous to the church. Bishops played a leading part in his councils, assemblies and administration. Perhaps this is why the woman from Rory Wagner’s dreams - someone from all walks of life - wears a crown of thorns. The scarf on the woman’s head is a modern day Art Deco design. The little faces in the background are hand painted shells from China. The red stones on either side of the painting are stone talismans. The owner was said to be able to break the stones in half and find a cross inside. Much to Charlemagne’s dismay, his turned out to be forgeries. Hence the title of this painting. Framed, 40”x40” Edition, 20/25.