A Carefully Constructed History: Gregory of Tours and the Observation of Societal Shift in Merovingian Gaul
This paper was written in The Age of Attila (HIST 401), taught by Dr. Maas.
Gregory of Tours, a powerful sixth French century bishop, was also an influential historian. His major work, The History of the Franks, provided a detailed account of politics and society in fifth and sixth century France. By focusing on several key passages of this text, I argue that Gregory used his position as an historian to argue for a complementary religious and political order where secular, Merovingian rulers and religious leaders worked in concert. Gregory believed that this combined order was necessary to provide security and stability in the tumultuous aftermath of the fall of Rome.