Online Lecture: ‘“Who Was Richer In Glittering Wealth Than Solomon?”: Carolingian Values’ with Aden Kumler, 2021 Martindale Lecture, 13 May 2021, 17.00 BST

In the eighth and ninth centuries, Carolingian rulers, intellectuals, and artists pursued a major experiment in worldly and spiritual economics. This lecture examines how a series of Carolingian works of art and artifacts crafted—often quite polemically—a vision of the economy of salvation, defined by the commensuration of aesthetic, material, and sacred value.

Aden Kumler is Professor in the Department of Künste, Medien, Philosophie at the Universität Basel. Her interdisciplinary research interests and objects of study range widely but are anchored in a deep interest in how the material conditions of life shape possibilities for thought, imagination, and action. Her first book, Translating Truth: Ambitious Images and Religious Knowledge in Late Medieval France and England (Yale, 2011), was awarded a Medieval Academy of America Book Subvention and short-listed for the ACE/Mercer’s International Book Award. 

The Martindale Lecture, organised in honour of the late Professor Andrew Martindale, has run in the Department of Art History and World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia since 1998, and invites a distinguished speaker in medieval and early modern art history to give a talk on their work. 

We would normally look forward to welcoming attendees in Norwich, but this year the event is going to be held online, followed by a virtual reception using Wonder. A link to access the talk online will be circulated to registered attendees 1 day before the event.

This event is online, free, and all are welcome! Please register here. For further queries please contact:


Published by Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on the twelfth-century miracle collections for St Thomas Becket and the stained-glass 'miracle windows' at Canterbury Cathedral explored the presentation of children and familial relationships in textual and visual narratives. Her research interests include the visual and material cultures of saints and sanctity, pilgrimage, and childhood and the family.

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