The World of Gregory of Tours


In a fascinating series of essays, the life, works and world of Gregory of Tours are evaluated. This sixth-century bishop is probably best known as writer of the History of the Franks. The collection of essays makes a valuable contribution to the flourishing field of Gregory of Tours studies. Though the contributors take full account of his political dimension, they also see Gregory in his cultural context. In addition to being representative of the age in which he lived, Gregory is presented here as an exceptional man. Furthermore, the contributors offer an up-to-date assessment of Merovingian culture, history and religion. Themes include: the urban history of Tours and the Merovingian world; ideas, politics and international contacts in the Merovingian world; the Merovingian church; Gregorys hagiographic writings; the Histories; and the manuscript tradition. Contributors include: Bernard S. Bachrach, Peter Brown, John J. Contreni, S. Fanning, Nancy Gauthier, Walter Goffart, Guy Halsall, Yitzak Hen, Conrad Leyser, Felice Lifshitz, Jo Ann McNamara, Kathleen Mitchell, William Monroe, Janet L. Nelson, Giselle de Nie, Thomas F. X. Noble, Patrick Périn, Walther Pohl, E. M. Rose, B. H. Rosenwein, Danuta Shanzer, Julia M. H. Smith, Ian Wood, andBarbara Yorke.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Peter Brown
  • Ian Wood
  • Nancy Gauthier
  • Patrick Périn
  • William S. Monroe
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2002


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