Session1143
TitleConceptualizing Value in Early Medieval Europe
Date/TimeWednesday 8 July 2015: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorFaculty of History, University of Cambridge
 
OrganiserRory Naismith, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
 
Moderator/ChairChris Wickham, Faculty of History, University of Oxford / Department of History, University of Birmingham
 
Paper 1143-a To Value and to Trade: Two Sides of the Same Coin?
(Language: English)
Dagfinn Skre, Arkeologisk seksjon, Kulturhistorisk Museum, Oslo
Index Terms: Archaeology - Artefacts; Economics - Trade; Numismatics
Paper 1143-b La monnaie comme mesure de la valeur et moyen d'échange dans l'Italie du haut Moyen Age
(Language: Français)
Alessia Rovelli, Dipartimento di studi linguistico-letterari, storico-filosofici e giuridici, Università della Tuscia
Index Terms: Economics - Trade; Numismatics
Paper 1143-c Pecuniary Profanities?: Money, Ritual, and Value in the Early Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Rory Naismith, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Index Terms: Economics - Trade; Numismatics
 
AbstractValue meant many things in the early Middle Ages. This session explores how different ideas of value varied and interfaced with one another, drawing comparisons between several European regions. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between money and value. On a basic level, money provided a way of abstracting and quantifying value based on a generally accepted set of units. Coined money was just one component in the calculation and circulation of value. What, therefore, do coins and coin-finds tell modern scholars about medieval ideas of value? And what role did coins play in negotiating value, especially in conjunction with other media and in non-commercial settings?