The History of the Franks

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Penguin Books Limited, Nov 28, 1974 - History - 710 pages
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Written following the collapse of Rome’s secular control over western Europe, the History of Gregory (c. AD 539–594) is a fascinating exploration of the events that shaped sixth-century France. This volume contains all ten books from the work, the last seven of which provide an in-depth description of Gregory’s own era, in which he played an important role as Bishop of Tours. With skill and eloquence, Gregory brings the age vividly to life, as he relates the exploits of missionaries, martyrs, kings and queens – including the quarrelling sons of Lothar I, and the ruthless Queen Fredegund, third wife of Chilperic. Portraying an age of staggering cruelty and rapid change, this is a powerful depiction of the turbulent progression of faith at a time of political and social chaos.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Gregory is our principal narrative source for the transition from the Roman Province of Gaul to the maddening but fascinating country of France. While he believed in miracles he was a close observer ... Read full review

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User Review  - gbsallery - LibraryThing

As a book, one of the most tedious I have ever read. Interesting only for the historical value, which paints a (presumably accurate) picture of a thoroughly unpleasant period. The life of the Franks ... Read full review

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Gregory of Tours (538-94), French historian, bishop of Tours (from 573), was born in Clermont-Ferrand. He had a distinguished and successful career as bishop. Gregory wrote accounts of miracles of the saints, an astronomical work to determine movable feasts, and a commentary on the Psalms. His masterpiece, Historia Francorum [history of the Franks], in 10 books, is a universal history; its account of contemporary events is of great importance.

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