Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century

Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century

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Cambridge University Press
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Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century

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.

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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 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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