The History of the Franks

The History of the Franks

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by Gregory of Tours
     
 

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This colorful narrative of French history in the sixth century is a dramatic and detailed portrait of a period of political and religious turmoil.

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This colorful narrative of French history in the sixth century is a dramatic and detailed portrait of a period of political and religious turmoil.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140442953
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1976
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
288,613
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.83(h) x 1.21(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Gregory of Tours (538-94), French historian, bishop of Tours (from 573), was born in Clermont-Ferrand. He had a distinguished and successful career as bishop. Gregory wrote accounts of miracles of the saints, an astronomical work to determine movable feasts, and a commentary on the Psalms. His masterpiece, Historia Francorum [history of the Franks], in 10 books, is a universal history; its account of contemporary events is of great importance.

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A History Of The Franks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
EugeneTX More than 1 year ago
This is a truly wonderful book written by Gregory, the Bishop of Tours. He attempts to give us a broad survey of the history of mankind as it is known and taught prior to and during his lifetime. I must admit to never having read so much of the bible in multiple settings in such a short time, cross comparing what he had written and how he explained his belief in particular passages with my interpretation. This motivation to outside research makes the book worth far more than one could have thought. He relates beliefs and some, in his opinion, mistaken beliefs. He is as unkind to religious backsliders as he is to the laity. It is a truly magnificent book and I have already given two as gifts to Lutheran ministers and have a third ordered. Another friend and I had an eight hour chit chat about the book and the period. Prior to his question about what I was reading, neither of us had any idea what the other's beliefs were. The book is shy on research as meant by the modern term but very long on one highly educated man's personal wisdom and knowledge. It is extremely enlightening and very provocative in relation to what one knows before reading the book. It is a very touching book in the sense that one becomes aware of how an extremely caring and thoughtful other actually views the world. I wonder if I look at others in the same positive light he used.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago