"In this delightfully readable monograph, Buchberger address a perennial question of the early Middle Ages namely how did entire populations of individuals once identified as Romans come to be labeled under the Germanic ethnicities of their respective barbarian kings? (...) Across an impressive range of texts (histories, hagiographies, legal codes), she enumerates the complex, multivalent, and even paradoxical ways that authors in the Visigothic and Frankish kingdoms deployed and renegotiated prima facie "ethnic labels." - Norman Underwood, New York University, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Vol. 43, 2018
"Buchberger has made a valuable contribution to the historical scholarship on early medieval ethnicity. She writes in a lucid and accessible style that is student friendly, and despite the relatively brief length of the monograph, it gives us much to reflect upon." - K. Patrick Fazioli, Mercy College, H-Medieval, H-Net Reviews, August, 2018. Read the full review here.
Traditional scholarship on post-Roman western culture has tended to examine the ethnic identities of Goths, Franks, and similar groups while neglecting the Romans themselves, in part because modern scholars have viewed the concept of being Roman as one denoting primarily a cultural or legal affiliation. As this book demonstrates, however, early medieval 'Romanness' also encompassed a sense of belonging to an ethnic group, which allowed Romans in Iberia and Gaul to adopt Gothic or Frankish identities in a more nuanced manner than has been previously acknowledged in the literature.