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,
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500-700: Sources in Translation, Including the World of Gregory of Tours.
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