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  • Page extent: 248 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.54 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 944/.013/092
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: DC69.8.G7 H4513 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Gregory,--Bishop of Tours, Saint,--538-594
    • Historians--France--Biography
    • Christian saints--France--Biography
    • Merovingians--Historiography
    • History, Ancient--Historiography

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521631747 | ISBN-10: 0521631742)

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  • Published July 2001

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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.


List of figures; Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction: the state of research into Gregory of Tours in 1992; 1. Gregory of Tours and his family; 2. The function of autobiographical elements in Gregory's concept of contemporary history (books v-x); the relationship of 'bishop' and 'king'; autobiography and the writing of history; the concept of history; 3. Ten Books of History: genre, structure and plan; 4. Gregory's ecclesia Dei: the eschatological church and the concept of history; Conclusion; Postscript; Bibliography; Index of references to Gregory's works; Index of names.


"...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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