Exhibition in Peel Library with Joseph 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.
In the mid-1960s, University of Alberta history professor Helen Liebel-Weckowicz arranged the purchase of a substantial portion of the Archbishop of Salzburg’s seminary library for the University of Alberta Libraries. This portion, now known to U of A Libraries as the Salzburg Collection, became available for purchase because Archbishop Andreas Rohrbacher (in office 1943-1969), the last titular prince-bishop of Salzburg, was steering his archdiocese away from its medieval and early-modern, princely past.