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Selections of the History of the Franks

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Selections of the History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours provides readers with a fascinating glimpse into the tumultuous world of early medieval Europe. Written by a sixth-century bishop, the book offers a first-hand account of the political intrigue, religious fervor, and violence that characterized the Frankish kingdom.

Gregory of Tours does an excellent job of weaving together a narrative that is both informative and engaging. He gives readers insight into the lives of the Frankish kings and queens, as well as the struggles of the common people who lived under their rule. His descriptions of battles, assassinations, and betrayals are vivid and detailed, bringing to life the chaos and uncertainty of the period.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the book is Gregory's commentary on the role of the church in Frankish society. As a bishop, he was deeply involved in the religious and political affairs of his time, and his writing reflects his concern for the moral and spiritual well-being of his fellow Christians. His accounts of miracles, saints, and religious controversies provide valuable insights into the beliefs and practices of early medieval Christianity.

Overall, Selections of the History of the Franks is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of the early Middle Ages. Gregory of Tours's lively storytelling and keen insights make this book a must-read for students of medieval history and anyone interested in the complex interplay of religion, politics, and power in the Frankish kingdom.

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The Historia Francorum is the most important contemporary source for the Merovingian age. It is written in ten books, of which one to four recount the world's history from the Creation and move on to the Christianization of Gaul, the life and times of Saint Martin of Tours, the conversion of the Franks, the conquest of Gaul under Clovis, and the history of the Frankish kings down to the death of Sigebert I in 575. From the fifth book on, Gregory starts the second part of the book, on his contemporary history, closing Book 6 with Chilperic I's death in 584. The third part, from books 7 to 10, take the account to the year 591, and concludes with a plea for further chroniclers to preserve his work in entirety. An epilogue was written in 594, the year of Gregory's death.

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