Reviewed Elsewhere: John F. Romano, Liturgy and Society in Early Medieval Rome

Lars Fischer Discussion

John F. Romano, Liturgy and Society in Early Medieval Rome.

Farnahm: Ashgate, 2014. xii + 308 pp. £100 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-409-44393-3.

In an original study John F. Romano says, rightly, that historians have paid too little attention to liturgy, whereas liturgists seldom put their treasures on display for historians. … The book’s thesis is that “liturgy was the social glue that held together the society of early medieval Rome” (p. 6). … The papal Mass, he argues persuasively, had social and political dimensions.

Thomas F. X. Noble, Catholic Historical Review 101, 4 (2015), 907–908.