Religion and Money Blog

Religion and Money: Economy of salvation in the Middle Ages.

The objectives of this project is to investigate the relation between religion and money in a period that created the cultural preconditions for the rise of money economy, the birth of capitalism and the economy of salvation.

  • winterthur-program-logo-660 Conference in Winterthur: Program ready Apr. 25, 2017 10:40 PM

    The detailed program for the upcoming international conference in Winterthur, Switzerland is ready.

    This international conference bring together specialists from all over Europe and the US with contributions in English, French and German.

    Key-note speakers: Aden Kumler (Chicago), Matthias Untermann (Heidelberg) and Henrik Klackenberg (Stockholm).

  • borgund-stavkirke-shv-660 Workshop on Coin finds in churches in Oslo Apr. 25, 2017 10:20 PM

    Preparing for the international workshop in Winterthur in Switzerland 22-23 June the speakers from Scandinavia come together for a joint workshop on the 7 June.

    Venue at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.

  • money-and-the-church-book-285 Status for bokutgivelser i prosjektet Feb. 10, 2017 12:47 AM

    Prosjektet Religion and Money: Economy of Salvation in the Middle Ages finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd er inne i avslutningsfasen. Flere bokutgivelser står for døren, Nanni og Gittes bok Divina Moneta er under utgivelse hos Routledge. Anette og Sveins bok om norske myntfunn 1050-1319 er i ferd med å leveres til Dreyer forlag. Arbeidet med boken The use of money in religious and devotional contexts som redigeres av Svein, Christoph, Håkon og Steinar begynner å nærme seg slutten.

  • eeva-jonsson-660 Project member with Doctoral post in Åbo Dec. 2, 2016 1:42 PM

    Project member granted Ph.D.-post Eeva Jonsson is granted a position as doctorate fellow at Åbo University writing a dissertation on the subject "Fluctuations in the Import of Coins from the German Empire c. 950‒1145".


  • yourmoneyoryourlife-336 Film from Durham workshop Dec. 2, 2016 8:41 AM

    A film focused around a public workshop for the Being Human National Festival of Humanities: 'Your Money or Your Life' shot at the Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral November 2015. The workshop explored themes connected to salvation, monetary use, archaeological finds, stave churches and anthropological comparison to contemporary Tongan society.

    See the video: Workshop Being Human Durham University

  • winterthru-munzkabinet-660 Coins in the church – a European perspective Nov. 26, 2016 11:27 AM

    In cooperation with Swiss colleagues we invite to a European conference on coins and coin finds in churches. The purpose is to merge Scandinavian research with research in the Continental tradition, especially for the Alpine Region where the finds from church excavations are en par with the Scandinavian.

  • fragment-to-book-500 Medieval manuscript fragments Oct. 9, 2016 8:26 PM

    Medieval manuscript fragments are some of Norway’s most significant testimonies to medieval book history. Through analysis of a selection of the thousands of manuscript fragments kept in public collections. A project in Bergen is exploring the first centuries of book and scribal culture in Norway.

    Alf Tore has made an extraordinary contribution to the project explaining liturgical documents through explanations and song.

    Watch the video: A Book is Used.

  • treasures-heaven-durham-660 Conference in Durham Oct. 8, 2016 10:57 AM

    Treasure in Heaven, Treasures on Earth: the secular world and material consumption in Western European Monasticism, c. 1050-c. 1250.

    This three-day interdisciplinary conference took place at Hatfield College, Durham University, on Wednesday 21 st to Friday 23 rd September 2016. Inspired by work produced as part of the ‘Religion and Money: the Economy of Salvation in the Middle Ages’ project and kindly funded by the Cultural Historical Museum, University of Oslo, the conference explored monastic economies in the central medieval period in Western Europe. It was organised by Rosalind Green and Stephanie Britton, both third-year PhD candidates at Durham in the Department of History.

  • durham-university-cathedral-316 Spiritual and Material Economies - Conference June 13, 2016 9:00 PM

    Spiritual and material Economies 1000-1350: Time, Devotion and Reform The international conference “Spiritual and material Economies 1000-1350: Time, Devotion and Reform”, organised by Giles took place at Durham 8-10 June as part of strand II in the project that seeks to explore aspects of a broader question: What money meant to the inhabitants of north-western Europe in the 11th to 13th century.

  • altaket-korbaldakin-660 After the Black Death: Painting and Polychrome Sculpture in Norway 1350-1550  June 5, 2016 10:44 PM

    A round table discussion relating to the 1979 Sverre Fehn medieval exhibition in Museum of Cultural History, Oslo University. The participants all have first hand experience from working with this exhibition in the late 1970s. Time and place: Jun 13, 2016 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM, Museum of Cultural History, Fredriksgate 2

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What is this project about?

In short, we try to understand the Economy of Salvation in medieval northern Europe through the study of archaeological, numismatic and documentary sources.

Who are we?

We are a group of scholars from United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway that are enthusiastic about church archaeology, coin finds in churches and the medieval church as institution. 

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