Andrew J. Romig is a professor of European medieval studies, specializing in the transformations of culture and society during the Carolingian late-eighth, ninth, and early-tenth centuries. He has written and taught on such wide-ranging subjects as the history of gender, the history of emotion, medieval Latin and vernacular comparative literature, the history of ethical philosophy and philanthropy, memory, travel and movement, spirituality, historical and literary theory, and the visual arts.
Be a Perfect Man: Christian Masculinity and the Carolingian Aristocracy (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)
In Be a Perfect Man, historian Andrew J. Romig argues that discourses of Carolingian masculinity revolved centrally around the performance of caritas, defined by the early medieval scholar Alcuin of York as a complete and all-inclusive love for God and for fellow human beings, flowing from the whole heart, mind, and soul. The authority of the Carolingian man depended not only on his skills in warfare and landholding but also on his performances of empathy, devotion, and asceticism.
“The Wrong Kind of Flattery: Critique and Praise in Walahfrid Strabo’s De imagine Tetrici” (Trivent, forthcoming)
“Strange Natures: Theodulf’s Letter to Moduin in Context” in Carolingian Experiments, ed. Matthew Gillis (Brill, 2022)
“Charismatic Art and Biography in the Carolingian World” in Faces of Charisma, ed. Martha Rust and Brigitte Bedos-Rezak (Brill, 2018)
“Charlemagne the Sinner: Charles the Great as Avatar of the Modern in Petrarch’s Familiares 1.4” in Charlemagne in Latin, ed. Matthew Gabriele and William Purkis (Boydell and Brewer, 2016)
“In Praise of the Too-Clement Emperor: The Problem of Forgiveness in the Astronomer’s Vita Hludowici imperatoris” in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 89.2 (Medieval Academy of America, Spring 2014)
“The Common Bond of Aristocratic Masculinity: Monks, Secular Men, and St. Gerald of Aurillac” in Negotiating Clerical Identities: Priests, Monks, and Masculinity in the Middle Ages, ed. Jennifer Thibodeaux (Palgrave Macmillan [UK], 2010)