Gregory of Tours (30 November c. – 17 November ) was a Gallo-Roman historian and He is the primary contemporary source for Merovingian history. His most notable work was his Decem Libri Historiarum (Ten Books of Histories), . Gregory of Tours|Georgius Florentius Gregorius, better known to posterity as Gregory, Bishop of Tours, was born about to a highly distinguished. Clovis, Gregory of Tours, and Pro-Merovingian Propaganda. Yitzhak Hen. In the second book of the Libri Historiarum, Gregory of Tours introduces Clovis, his.

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Euphroniushe was chosen as bishop by the clergy and people, who had been charmed with his piety, learning, and humility.

Clovis, Gregory of Tours, and Pro-Merovingian Propaganda – Persée

Or his limitations he well understood the complexity of human motives and actions, and now and then he shows a trace of humor. However, a thorough analysis reveals the covert intentions of a pro-Merovingian propagandist. First, there is mrovingians matter of the titles.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Theodobert’s death and the slaying of Parthenius. One would think that they were being clubbed along or were being hurled along involuntarily faster than their horses could possibly go”, [ note: Even so, Gregory’s description, whether based on written sources or on oral tradition, shows the traces of tendentious pro-Merovingian propaganda.

Now the king of the Burgundians was Gundevech, of the family of king Athanaric the persecutor, whom we have mentioned before. The “virtue” which this person possessed was mystic potency, which was not moral but a supernatural force. When he had prayed to the Lord in the night to show him a ford where he could cross, in the morning by God’s will a hind of wonderful size entered the river before them, and when it passed over the people saw where they could cross.

Not only gfegory the Penguin edition have a much grrgory substantial introduction which provides the reader the historical background and importance of the text but has the same aids that this edition boasts notes, footnotes, character lists, map, genealogies for easier comprehension of a chaotic greogry. Martin] and the church of the city, scattering it among the people who were there with his own hand, and from that day he was called consul or Augustus. The ascension of the Lord and the death of Pilate and Herod.


How could he find it necessary to preface his history, as no other historian has done, with an exact statement of his creed? He had a thin unkempt beard, and had never washed himself all the time or cut his nails.

And although he was proud and vain he was nevertheless considered chaste in his body.

Send men to me, and I shall gladly transmit to you from his treasures whatever pleases you. Alarmed at this, they sent Edobeccus forward to the German tribes, merovingiwns Constans and Decimus Rusticus, now a prefect,-he had been master of the offices,-hastened to the Gauls, with the intention of presently returning to Constantine with the Franks and Alamanni and all the soldiers.

A fearful thunderstorm threatened the party, but Gregory “drew the beloved relics from his breast and lifted them up against the cloud, which at once separated into two parts and passed on the right and left, and after that did no harm to them or any one else.

And the rest of them seeing this returned in great fear to the army, afraid that they should all perish together. Then I resorted to my usual means of assistance and called on St. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

The first was the bishops’ 5 Y. In the light of these conclusions, objectively reached, [ note: When King Clovis was dwelling at Paris he sent secretly to the son of Sigibert saying: I believe that the soul is immortal but that nevertheless it has no part in deity. During his lifetime he acquired this power in a large mwrovingians. Somebody wanted to create merovibgians association with Byzantium and Rome, and so intentionally introduced a comparison to Constantine into the legend of Clovis’ baptism.

And of these the blessed Dionisius, bishop of Paris, after suffering divers pains in Christ’s name, ended the present life by the threatening sword. His father evidently died while Gregory was young and his widowed mother moved to Burgundy where she had property.

Gregory wrote in Late Latin which departed from classical usage frequently in syntax and spelling with relatively few changes in inflection. Thou hhe not make unto thee any graven image nor worship any likeness of anything that is in heaven or on earth or in the water; thou shalt not make them and shalt not worship them.


After their death their betrayers perceived that the gold which they had received from the king was false.

Gregory of Tours

Gregory probably used in part a rude popular version of the Scriptures. This feast you shall observe four days before the Nones of July, and remember that his burial is the third day before the Ides of November. Avitus, Gregory had his education.

The church of St. The attentive reader, if he seeks diligently, will find in the famous histories of the kings of the Israelites that under the just Samuel the wicked Phineas perished, and that under David, whom they called Stronghand, the stranger Goliath was destroyed.

In the first letter, Remigius St. On hearing this the king said to the messenger: It was a terrifying situation, and it is thus easy to understand the preference for a merpvingians but tolerant king over an Arian one, even though he was a Christian Murray’s selections from the histories, books 2 through 10, do a fine job in illustrating Gregory’s main theme of the seamy side of the life of lay people in Merovingian Gaul.

Perhaps this was not the reasoning in every case, but at any rate, the people went to the shrines and churches to be healed. Consul or Augustus’ The quality of sacredness and the mystic potency belong to spirits, in varying degrees to the faithful, and to inanimate objects. One of their disciples went to the city of Bourges and carried to the people the news of Christ the lord as the saviour of all.

The squares were shaded with tapestried canopies, the churches adorned with white curtains, the baptistery set in order, the aroma of incense spread, candles of fragrant odor burned brightly, and the whole shrine of the baptistery was filled with a divine fragrance: He built many other churches which remain to the present time in Christ’s name.

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