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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
|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)|
|5. Other historians of the period||36||(2)|
|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)|