Exhibition

Salt, Sword, and Crozier: Books and Coins from the Prince-Bishopric of Salzburg (c. 1500 – c. 1800)

Bruce Peel Special Collections

Curators: Felice Lifshitz and Joseph F. Patrouch

26 September 2017 to 31 January 2018

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Like the popes in Rome, the Prince-Bishops of Salzburg ruled over substantial territories as secular princes.  “Salt, Sword, and Crozier” highlights their dual authority—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 Salzburg prince-bishop’s seminary library that were printed from the fifteenth through the early-nineteenth century, supplemented by coins minted under the authority of successive archbishops beginning in the twelfth century and ending in 1786.

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