For 1400 years Gregory's Historiesthe principal work of Merovingian historyhave 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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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.