Coin of Chlothar II , — British Museum. To the outside, the kingdom, even when divided under different kings, maintained unity and conquered Burgundy in After the fall of the Ostrogoths , the Franks also conquered Provence.
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Bachrach Alexander Callander Murray , editor and translator. Gregory of Tours: The Merovingians. Gregory also authored numerous works of hagiography and saw his oeuvre as a whole in which he juxtaposed the admirable lives of holy people with the seamy lives of lay people. Gregory enjoined posterity to treat his works, especially the [End Page ] History, in a unified way and not abridge or edit them.
The volume is completed by numerous study aids such as genealogies, high-quality maps, and a list of the civitates of Gaul. Murray also includes reproductions of twenty-one drawings of episodes in Merovingian history by the nineteenth century artist Jean-Paul Laurens. Wagner was surely a great composer and Laurens certainly was an artist of talent, but the work of neither is useful for our understanding of the Middle Ages, however much their efforts may be have been responsible for misleading contemporaries as well as future generations.
As an appendix, Murray includes additional items on the church, but, these, in general, do no credit to that institution. What has been needed for a very long time is the publication of the texts of these abridgments in a manner similar to the ongoing publication of the various versions of the [End Page ] Anglo-Saxon chronicler.
By providing such texts we will gain insight into the men who abridged the Ten Books and why they did exactly what they did. Professor Murray could have begun this very valuable process by providing a translation of the first of these abridgments rather than using excerpts from the entire Ten Books. He could have then included examples of interpolations from other versions and, perhaps most importantly, his introduction to this process likely would have been a tour de force of exceptional scholarly value as well as an innovative teaching tool of great use for instructors on the seventh and eighth centuries.
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Gregory of Tours
Map of Frankish Dominions AD 73k jpeg file, facing p. The etext gives the full text of the Brehaut edition, pp. Brehaut gives a complete list of books and chapters, but only translated a selection of the chapters. Here each book is preceded by a list of all the chapters. I have made clear which chapters are available here by highlighting those that are translated. Short notes from the foot of each page have been inserted italicized into the body of the text.
Biography[ edit ] Gregory was born in Clermont , in the Auvergne region of central Gaul. Gregory had several noted bishops and saints as close relatives his family effectively monopolised the Bishoprics of Tours, Lyons, and Langres at the time of his birth , and, according to Gregory, he was connected to thirteen of the eighteen bishops of Tours preceding him by ties of kinship. His father evidently died while Gregory was young and his widowed mother moved to Burgundy where she had property. Gregory went to live with his paternal uncle St. Gallus, Bishop of Clermont , under whom, and his successor St. Avitus, Gregory had his education.