Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century

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For 1400 years Gregory's Histories--the principal work of Merovingian history--have 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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"...even those who do not subscribe to Heinzelmann's main thesis will greatly profit from the many important findings set out in his book." Walter Goffart

"[This study] marks a watershed in studies of Gregory and is the capstone of decades of this eminent scholar's work." American Historical Review

"Heinzelmann's book is a good companion to Gregory's work in that it provides a comprehensive interpretation of Gregory's concept of history." Comitatus

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