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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00


6-7 September 2007 

Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

Conference Programme

The Bateman Auditorium


Day 1: Thursday 6 September 2007

9.00 Registration & Coffee

10.00 Introduction: William Day (Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge)


10.15 Session 1: Northern & Central Europe

Moderator: Elina Screen (Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge)

Speaker 1: Borys Paszkiewicz (University of Wroclaw) Groschen of account and base shillings: Poland, Prussia and Lithuania in the early fifteenth century

Speaker 2: Jørgen Steen Jensen (Nationalmuseet, Denmark) Denmark and the island of Gotland: two coinages in copper in the first half of the fifteenth century

Speaker 3: Hubert Emmerig (Universität Wien) Monetary debasement in late-medieval Bavaria and Austria and the so-called Schinderlingszeit of 1456-60



12.30 Lunch


14.00 Session 2: Italy I

Moderator: Lucia Travaini (Università degli studi di Milano)

Speaker 4: Ignazio Del Punta (Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici, San Marino) Debasement in Tuscan mints from later 12th century to the early 13th century

Speaker 5: Alan Stahl (Princeton University) Debasement of coinage in medieval Rome and the Patrimony



15.30 Coffee / Tea


16.00 Session 3: England

Moderator: Chris Briggs (University of Cambridge)

Speaker 6: Martin Allen (Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge) The English debasement of 1335-1343

Speaker 7: Barrie Cook (British Museum) Coping with the neighbours: monetary policy in English-held lands in France in the 14th and 15th centuries



Day 2: Friday 7 September 2007

9.30 Session 4: The Muslim World & the Black Sea Area

Moderator: Eurydice Georganteli (Barber Institute, University of Birmingham)

Speaker 8: Peter Northover (University of Oxford) Alloys and technologies of medieval Islamic silver

Speaker 9: Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu (Muzeul Nacional, Bucharest), with Katioa Pârvan (National History Museum of Romania) and Bogdan Constantinescu (National Institute for Atomic Physics and Engineering «Horia Hulubei» – Bucharest – Mãgurele) Monetary debasement and re-evaluation in the Romanian principalities during the 14th-15th centuries


11.00 Coffee


11.30 Session 5: Italy II

Moderator: Lucia Travaini (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Speaker 10: Michael Matzke (Historisches Museum Basel) Debasement in the German and Italian coinages during the long twelfth century: parallels and differences

Speaker 11: Andrea Saccocci (Università degli studi di Udine) The great debasement of the Italian penny (11th-15th centuries)



13.00 Lunch


14.30 Session 6: Spain & France

Moderator: William Day (Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge)

Speaker 12: Jim Todesca (Armstrong Atlantic State University) «Si rex voluerit suam monetam mutare»: debasement and popular consent in Iberia, c. 1200

Speaker 13: Laurence Calmels (Université Paris Sorbonne – Paris IV) Monetary debasement in France before 1360


16.00 Summing up: Peter Spufford (University of Cambridge)