On a treasure hunt with Professor Louis

Friday 12 July 2024
at 19.00 – 21.00

Join Professor Lois on a treasure hunt at Backe's den.

This weekend you get a unique opportunity to delve into the history of Norway's lost medieval treasures.

Professor Louis Sicking, a renowned researcher at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Universiteit Leiden, will hold two exciting lectures in Backes Bu.

The lectures will provide insight into his fascinating discoveries about Norway's valuable treasures that disappeared during the Reformation in 1537.

DURING THE REFORMATION Archbishop Olav Engelbrektsson fled with many of Norway's most important medieval treasures, including the legendary St. Olav's axe.

Professor Sicking has uncovered important documents in Belgium and the Netherlands which shed new light on the fate of these treasures. The documents reveal how the valuables were divided, partially seized, and how they involved Emperor Charles V and other royals.

Some of these documents were later found in Germany and returned to Norway, which gives a new perspective on this historical period.

IN THE MIDDLE AGES the sea route that passed Farsund was an important route for trade and church journeys. This route connected different parts of Europe and was essential for the transport of treasures and other valuable objects.

Through this sea route, we can understand how Norway's medieval treasures could have been transported out of the country and found their way to places like the Netherlands and Belgium. Professor Sicking's discovery links this sea route to the further fate of the treasures and weaves together a rich and complex history of Norway's past.

THE LECTURES ON Back's Bu Friday at 19:00-21:00 and Saturday at 16:00-18:00 is a unique chance to learn more about Norway's lost treasures and the historical significance of the sea routes that connected Norway to the rest of Europe.

The lectures will provide a deeper understanding of southern Norway's cultural heritage and its global connections. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from a leading expert on medieval history and maritime studies.

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