Liturgy and Society in Early Medieval Rome

Romano, John F.
Date published: 
May 2014

The liturgy, the public worship of the Catholic Church, was crucial in forging the society of early medieval Rome, in that it oriented Roman society to God and fostered the dominance of the clergy. This study places the liturgy center stage, filling a gap in research on early medieval Rome and demonstrating the utility of investigating how it functioned in medieval Europe. As well as analyzing the papal Mass and other liturgical events, Romano’s book provides an English translation and commentary of the first extant Mass liturgy.