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Translated by Lewis Thorpe. A vivid and dramatic narrative of French history in the sixth century. Gregory of Tours (c. AD 539-594) intended his History to be a chronicle of events which led upp to and included twenty-one years he spent as Bishop of Tours. This volume contains all ten books of the History, the last seven describing Gregory's own time (in which he played an important) and particularly the quarrels of four of the sons of Lothar I and the machinations of the ruthless Queen Fredegund, third wife of Chilperic.
This colorful narrative of French history in the sixth century is a dramatic and detailed portrait of a period of political and religious turmoil.
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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.