I’m an independent researcher and early medieval historian based in Leeds. My research covers various aspects of cultural continuity and change in the late Merovingian and early Carolingian worlds, focussing particularly on the eighth century and on aspects of identity, community and otherness. I’m especially interested in hagiography and the process of conversion from paganism to Christianity.

Available to review books/articles on these or related topics. Please email me to discuss: rickybroome@hotmail.com


[2010-2014] University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

2014: PhD – History

Thesis title: Approaches to Community and Otherness in the Late Merovingian and Early Carolingian Periods

Available at the White Rose Repository

[2008-2009] Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

2009: Master’s Degree – Historical Research MA (Distinction)

Thesis title: Constructing Authority in a Post-Roman Kingdom: Hagiography and Political Culture in Late Visigothic Spain

[2004-2007] Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

2007: Bachelor’s Degree – Medieval and Renaissance Studies BA, Hons (2.1)

Dissertation title: Civilisation and the Savage: Assessing the Importance of the Barbarians in the Political and Intellectual Culture of the Late Roman World

Other Publications

Contributions to edited volumes

‘Pagans, Rebels and Merovingians: Otherness in the early Carolingian world’, in C. Gantner, R. McKitterick and S. Meeder (eds), The Resources of the Past in Early Medieval Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp 155-71.

Listen to my interview about this article with Glenn McDorman for “Agnus: The Late Antique, Medieval, and Byzantine Podcast” at claytemplemedia.com

Full volume available from the publisher’s website

‘Approaches to the Frankish Community in the Chronicle of Fredegar and Liber Historiae Francorum’, in T.J. MacMaster, B.N. Morris, A. Gnasso, and E.E. Intagliata (eds), The Long Seventh Century: Continuity and Discontinuity in an Age of Transition (Berne: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015), pp. 61-85.

Full volume available from the publisher’s website

Book reviews

Review of W. Pohl and G. Heydemann (eds.), Strategies of Identification: Ethnicity and Religion in Early Medieval Europe, The Mediaeval Journal, 5 (2015), 129-33.

Full journal issue on the publisher’s website

Review of J. Hines and N. IJssennagger (eds), Frisians and their North Sea Neighbours: From the Sixth Century to the Viking Age, sehepunkte, 18 (2018).

Available to read for free on the journal’s website

Review of A. Willemsen and H. Kik (eds.), Golden Middle Ages in Europe: New Research into early medieval communities and identities, History, 103 (2018), 638-640.

DOI: 10.1111/1468-229X.12672

Review of R. Meens et al (eds.), Religious Franks: Religion and Power in the Frankish Kingdoms: Studies in honour of Mayke de Jong, Early Medieval Europe, 26 (2018), 557-560.

DOI: 10.1111/emed.12303

Review of R. Flierman, Saxon Identities, AD 150-900, History, 103 (2018), 845-847.

DOI: 10.1111/1468-229X.12700

Conference reports

With T. Barnwell, ‘Cultural Memory and the Resources of the Past, 400-1000 AD’, Networks and Neighbours, 1 (2013), 58-63.


With T. Barnwell, ‘Interview with James Palmer’, Networks and Neighbours, 2 (2014), 188-197.

Full journal issue available for free download


Review of Rembold, Conquest and Christianization, for The Medieaval Journal.

I am currently editing the following volumes to be published with Kısmet Press:


Current research

I am writing a short monograph about the conquest and conversion of Frisia and its integration into the Carolingian empire in the eighth and early ninth centuries.

Past research

As a PhD student I was part of the HERA-funded ‘Cultural Memory and the Resources of the Past’, a joint research project between the Universities of Cambridge, Leeds and Utrecht, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.

Project website

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