Queens, Consorts, Concubines: Gregory of Tours and Women of the Merovingian Elite

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BRILL, May 22, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages
Queens, Consorts, Concubines offers an analysis of Gregory of Tours on issues including widowhood, marriage, sanctity, and political agency, offering a reinterpretation of elite women in Gaul (e.g. Brunhild, Fredegund, Radegund), related subjects (e.g. Merovingian marital policy), and Late Antiquity generally.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Widowhood
16
Chapter 2 Holiness Femininity and Authority
46
Chapter 3 Scandal in Poitiers
64
Chapter 4 Brides and Social Status
80
Queens Politics and the Writing of History
141
Conclusion
161
Bibliography
171
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