Salt, Sword, and Crozier


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

26 September 2017 to 31 January 2018

Extended by one week; final day 9 February 2018

Curators: Felice Lifshitz and Joseph F. Patrouch

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. The catalogue for this exhibition can be purchased through University of Alberta Press or Indigo or in person in the Peel library for $25 (cash only, no dealers). 

Check out a story in The Quad (30 Nov 2017) based on an interview with the curators: Lessons Learned from 500-Year-Old Books: 10 Tips to Curate a Great Exhibit


The Peel library has offered a fascinating array of exhibitions since moving to the basement of Rutherford South in 1984. Numerous awards demonstrate that the exhibition catalogues published by Bruce Peel Special Collections are some of the best in North America. They are distributed internationally by University of Alberta Press and continue to be actively used by local researchers. For information on past exhibitions and the availability of exhibition catalogues, see Previous in-house Exhibitions.