Announcing Our New Exhibition: Salt, Sword, and Crozier

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is pleased to announce Salt, Sword, and Crozier: Books and Coins from the Prince-Bishopric of Salzburg, the latest in our series of in-house exhibitions. Opening on 26 September 2017, the exhibition explores the twofold authority of the Prince-Bishops - the princely sword and the bishop's staff or crozier - and the basis of their economic power in their control of natural resources such as salt. The exhibition showcases books from the Peel library's Salzburg Collection as well as coins minted under the authority of successive archbishops, from the twelfth to eighteenth centuries.

An eighteenth-century textbook written for novices of the Augustinian order 

The Collection

The books featured in the exhibition come from the Salzburg Collection, 3,500 volumes (published 1488-1960s) from the law collection of the Archbishop of Salzburg's Seminary Library. The items in the collection cover various aspects of law, including civil, canon, Church, and criminal jurisprudence, as well as the history and philosophy of law.

The Exhibition

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Salt, Sword, and Crozier consists of a selection of books from the Salzburg Collection printed from the fifteenth through the early-nineteenth century, as well as a number of coins, on loan from a private collector, that were minted under the authority of the archbishops. These materials are used to explore the roles of the Prince-Bishops and the secular and religious foundations of their authority. Physical aspects of the collection, such as the fragments of manuscripts used to rebind other texts, are also explored.

The Curators

Felice Lifshitz is a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, and of Religious Studies, at the University of Alberta.

Joseph F. Patrouch is the Director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies and a Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.

Check out a brief video of Felice and Joseph talking about the exhibition here

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