Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century

Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century

by Martin Heinzelmann, Heinzelmann Martin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521636388

ISBN-13: 9780521636384

Pub. Date: 11/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

For 1400 years Gregory's Histories—the principal work of Merovingian history—have been understood as a "history of the Franks" and as an objective portrayal of history, albeit told by a naive narrator. This completely new interpretation of the Histories reveals connections between apparently unconnected, adjacent chapters, and also begins to make out

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Overview

For 1400 years Gregory's Histories—the principal work of Merovingian history—have been understood as a "history of the Franks" and as an objective portrayal of history, albeit told by a naive narrator. This completely new interpretation of the Histories reveals connections between apparently unconnected, adjacent chapters, and also begins to make out their real function. Gregory (538-594) can be seen as focusing on the development of a socio-political concept of society, which anticipates the leadership of the Christian state entrusted to the joint government of bishops and king.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521636384
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
976,921
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction: the state of research into Gregory of Tours in 1992; 1. Gregory of Tours and his family; 2. The 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 history; 3. Ten Books of History: genre, structure and plan; 4. Gregory's ecclesia Dei: the eschatological church and the concept of history; Conclusion; Postscript; Bibliography; Index of references to Gregory's works; Index of names.

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