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GREQORY OF TOURS, b. at Arverna, the present Clermont, the capital of Auvergne, 540; d. at Tours, Nov. 17, 594; descended from one of the most distinguished Roman families in Gaul. His true name was Georgius Florentius, which he changed in honor of his maternal great-grandfather, Bishop Gregory of Langres. Having been educated for the Church, he was chosen Bishop of Tours in 573, and governed his diocese with great ability under very difficult circumstances. the wars between Sigebert and Chilperic, or rather between Brunehild and Fredegund. He owes his great celebrity, however, principally to his authorship. Besides a work on miracles, which is hardly read any more, he wrote the Annales Francoruin, which is the most important, if not the only, source to the history of Gaul in that period. It was first printed in Paris, 1511, and critically edited by Ruinart, Paris, 1699.

Klüpfel, "Gregory of Tours," Philip Schaff, ed., A Religious Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology, 3rd edn, Vol. 2. Toronto, New York & London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1894. p.908.

Primary Sources

Book or monograph Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks. Ernest Brehaut, translator. Records of Civilization, Sources and Studies. New York / London: Columbia University Press & Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1916. pp.xxv + 284.
Book or monograph Gregory of Tours, Glory of the Confessors, Raymond Van Dam, ed. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1988. Pbk. ISBN: 0853232261. pp.178.
Book or monograph Gregory of Tours: The History of the FranksGregory of Tours, The History of the Franks, Lewis Thorpe, translator. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1974. Pbk. ISBN: 0140442952. pp.720.
Book or monograph Gregory of Tours, Life of the Fathers, Edward James, ed., 2nd edn. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1990. Pbk. SBN: 0853233276. pp.164.
Book or monograph Edward Peters, ed. Monks, Bishops, and Pagans: Christian Culture in Gaul and Italy, 500-700: Sources in Translation, Including the World of Gregory of Tours. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1975. ISBN: 0812210697.

Secondary Sources

Book or monograph P R L Brown, Relics and Social Status in the Age of Gregory of Tours. University of Reading, Department of History, 1978. Pbk. ISBN: 0704902079. pp.22.
Book or monograph Walter A. Goffart, The Narrators of Barbarian History (A.D. 500 - 800). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988. Hbk. ISBN: 0691055149. pp.112-234.
Book or monograph Heinzelmann: Gregory of ToursMartin Heinzelmann, Gregory of Tours, Christopher Carroll, translator. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Hbk. ISBN: 0521631742. pp.248.
Article in Journal or Book R.A. Markus, "Gregory the Great and a Papal Missionary Strategy," G.J. Cuming, ed.,The Mission of the Church and the Propagation of th Faith. Papers read at the Seventh summer meeting and eighth winter meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society. Studies in Church History, Vol. 6. . Cambridge: Cambridge UNiversity Press,1970. Hbk. pp.29-38.
Book or monograph Kathleen Mitchell & Ian N. Wood, eds. The World of Gregory of Tours, Cultures, Beliefs and Traditions, Medieval and Early Modern Peoples, Vol. 8. Hardcover (August 2002) Leiden: E J Brill, 2002. Hbk. ISBN: 9004110348. pp.408.
Article in Journal or Book J.M. Wallace-Hadrill, "The Work of Gregory of Tours in the Light of Historical Research," Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th series, 1 (1951): 25-45.
Book or monograph J.M. Wallace-Hadrill, The Long-Haired Kings and Other Studies in Frankish History. University of Toronto Press Inc., 1982. Pbk. ISBN: 0802065007. pp.49-70.
Book or monograph Ian Wood, Gregory of Tours. Plantagenet Press Ltd., 1994. Pbk. ISBN: 1873041713.

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