This book focuses on the formative period of Church reform in the Middle Ages in Northern Europe, when the Church paved the way for the development of money economy on its own doorstep.
Church archaeology provides evidence for patterns of monetary use related to liturgy, church architecture and devotional culture through the centuries. This volume encompasses Alpine European evidence, with emphasis on Gotland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland, which opens up a new field of research on religion and money for an international audience. Based on 100,000 single finds of coins from the 11th to 18th centuries from 650 Scandinavian churches, the volume offers an in-depth discussion of the concepts of ritual, liturgy and devotional uses of money, monetary space and spiritual economy within the framework of Christendom, the medieval church and church architecture.
Written by international scholars, Coins in Churches will be a valuable resource for readers interested in the history of religion, money, the economy, and church architecture in Northern Europe in the Middle Ages.
Part 1: Money and Religious Devotion
1. Money and Religious Devotion in Medieval Northern Europe
Svein H. Gullbekk, Christoph Kilger, Steinar Kristensen and Håkon Roland
2. Pious gifts: Coins and Church Interior
Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen
Part 2: Coin finds in Scandinavian churches
3. The archaeology of church floors
4. Digitizing the past – A rewarding challenge for the present. The Digitizing process of analogue data from excavation in medieval churches
5. Moving money, ritual money - Studying monetary and ritual space in Bunge church on medieval Gotland
6. Coin finds of Høre stave church, Oppland Norway: Reflections of regulation and conflict in the Middle Ages
Jon Anders Risvaag
7. Eidskog church revisited: Coin finds, architecture and devotional use of money
8. Coins and monastic liturgy in the Middle Ages. A study of St Mary’s Benedictine Nunnery in Bergen, Norway
Alf Tore Hommedal
9. The Archaeological Landscape under Church Floors. Coins and Contexts in Aggersborg Church, Jutland, Denmark.
Henriette Rensbro and Jens Christian Moesgaard
10. Coins in Church Contexts – Hedensted church, Jutland, Denmark
Gitte Tarnow Ingvardson
11. Building for Glory. Coins in the houses of the Lord in Gränna and Arby, Sweden
Nanouschka Myrberg Burström
12. Coin finds and coin use in the medieval round church at Klåstad, Östergötland, Sweden
13. Jomala church, Åland Islands — Coin offerings to the Virgin Mary and the long Reformation
Part 3: Coin finds in churches in Central Alpine Europe
14. Inside the church: Coin-finds and liturgical topography. A survey of the Central Alpine Europe evidence
‘This publication is rich in a diverse range of material: for archaeologists it offers a touchstone for interpretations of similar sites and practices; for Church historians it opens up a new area to be taken account of; and numismatists will recognise the benefits to be derived from analysis of the coin evidence. A comprehensive index and full bibliography greatly facilitate interrogation of the volume’ – Medieval Archaeology, Volume 67:1