Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century

Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century

by Martin Heinzelmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521631742

ISBN-13: 9780521631747

Pub. Date: 07/01/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"For over 1,400 years the Histories of Gregory of Tours (538-94) - the principal work of Merovingian history - have been understood as a 'history of the Franks'. The work has also been viewed as an objective portrayal of history, albeit told by a naive narrator: incapable of endowing his material with any sort of internal order, he succeeded only in the chronological…  See more details below

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"For over 1,400 years the Histories of Gregory of Tours (538-94) - the principal work of Merovingian history - have been understood as a 'history of the Franks'. The work has also been viewed as an objective portrayal of history, albeit told by a naive narrator: incapable of endowing his material with any sort of internal order, he succeeded only in the chronological organisation of this 'colourful muddle'." "A completely new interpretation of the Histories is put forward in this book, in which the bishop of Tours can be seen to be giving each of his 'Ten Books' a self-contained topic, and also making use of the patristic method of typological biblical exegesis. By appreciating these elements, one can clearly see the often antithetical connections between apparently unconnected, adjacent chapters, and also begin to make out their function within a universal, Christological concept of history. Gregory's historiographical interests can be seen as focusing on the development of a socio-political concept of society, one which wishes to see the leadership of the Christian state entrusted to joint government of bishops and king (christianus princeps)."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN-13:
9780521631747
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction: The state of research into Gregory of Tours in 19921
1Gregory of Tours and his family7
2The function of autobiographical elements in Gregory's concept of contemporary history (Books V-X); the relationship of 'bishop' and 'king'; autobiography and the writing of history; the concept of history36
3Ten Books of History: genre, structure and plan94
4Gregory's ecclesia Dei: the eschatological church and the concept of society153
Conclusion202
Postscript210
Bibliography214
Index of references to Gregory's works223
Index of names230

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