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A History of the Franks

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Edition:
Reprint
ISBN13:

9780140442953

ISBN10:
0140442952
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
2/28/1976
Publisher(s):
Penguin Classics
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Summary

Written following the collapse of Rome's secular control over western Europe, the History of Gregory (c. AD 539-594) is a fascinating exploration of the events that shaped sixth-century France. This volume contains all ten books from the work, the last seven of which provide an in-depth description of Gregory's own era, in which he played an important role as Bishop of Tours. With skill and eloquence, Gregory brings the age vividly to life, as he relates the exploits of missionaries, martyrs, kings and queens - including the quarrelling sons of Lothar I, and the ruthless Queen Fredegund, third wife of Chilperic. Portraying an age of staggering cruelty and rapid change, this is a powerful depiction of the turbulent progression of faith at a time of political and social chaos.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 7(1)
I Gregory of Tours 7(9)
Genealogical table: the family of Gregory of Tours 11(5)
II The Times in which Gregory lived 16(6)
Genealogical table: the Merovingians, down to Dagobert 18(4)
III Gregory's Writings 22(1)
IV The History of the Franks 23(31)
1. Intention and shape 23(4)
2. Historical and literary debts 27(4)
3. Personal knowledge 31(2)
4. Credibility 33(3)
5. Other historians of the period 36(2)
6. Language 38(3)
7. Style 41(5)
8. Humour and irony 46(4)
9. Nature notes 50(3)
10. The manuscripts 53(1)
11. Earlier translations 54(1)
12. This translation 54(1)
V Gregory down the Centuries 54(2)
VI Short Bibliography 56(3)
ABBREVIATIONS USED FOR THE BOOKS WRITTEN BY GREGORY OF TOURS 59(1)
MAP OF GAUL
60(3)
PREFACE 63(2)
BOOK I
65(36)
BOOK II
101(58)
BOOK III
159(36)
BOOK IV
195(56)
BOOK V
251(74)
BOOK VI
325(58)
BOOK VII
383(48)
BOOK VIII
431(48)
BOOK IX
479(62)
BOOK X
541(64)
INDEX 605


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