During the years that Chilperic held Tours, relations between him and Gregory were tense. He was born and grew up at Clermont in Auvergne, a city to which an inexhaustibly fertile mountain valley is tributary.
The miraculous properties of St. It was a real, live, local religion comparable with that of savages. At times we have the conventionalized jargon of the church, in which Gregory was proficient and which was always in the back of his mind ready to issue forth when other inspiration failed.
He was buried three days later his present Feast at Tours. Although he insisted that all 10 books be transmitted together, an abridged version of the first 6 circulated in the 7th century. The pastorate he undertook to exercise through his writings could hardly have been directed elsewhere than among the educated, Roman-descended, and hereditarily Christian elements of the Frankish kingdom.
As bishop, Saint Martin did not give up his monastic life, and the place where he settled outside Tours became a monastery. We have eight books devoted to miracles and it may be said that as a churchman Gregory never got very far away from them.
Martin] and had the merit to obtain health in his crippled limbs. The third part, comprising books VII to X, takes his increasingly personal account to the year He is also by no means free from literary affectation; indeed by his choice of expressions, his repetitions and unnatural arrangement of words, he is almost always striving for effect.
His acceptance of it and insistence on it was ritualistic. He had devoted himself chiefly to the task of Christianizing the pagani or rural population of Gaul and had won a remarkable ascendancy over the minds of a superstitious people, and this went on increasing for centuries after his death.
In spite of all these advantages, under the externals of Christianity Gregory was almost as superstitious as a savage. His motivation behind his works was to show readers the importance and strength of Christianity.
For the language in which Christian truth was clothed was indistinguishable from, and no more credible than, the language in which philosophical "vanities" were expressed.
The most promising element in the situation was the Frankish state. In a practical way the second word is the more important. An Antichrist will first propose circumcision, asserting that he is Christ; next he will place his statue in the temple at Jerusalem to be worshiped, just as we read that the Lord said: It was written in three parts.
Hagiography His Life of the Fathers comprises twenty hagiographies of the most prominent men of the preceding generation, taking in a wide range the spiritual community of early medieval Gaul, including lives of bishops, clerics, monks, abbots, holy men and hermits.
By the side of this and intertwined with it the elements of traditional Christianity in a more or less formalized and ritualized shape were retained. Nunc autem cognovi quod magna est virtus eius beati Martini.
Bonnet, Le Latin de Gregoire de Tours, pp. Unquestionably, Gregory is a vivid teller of tales, but his writings are far from artless. Though he had read Virgil, considered the greatest Latin stylist, he cautions that "We ought not to relate their lying fables, lest we fall under sentence of eternal death.
It is likely that one royal Frankish house is more generously treated than others.
The number of miracles at which Gregory " assisted " was great. It is true indeed that we hear of a few physicians.
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– November 17, ) was a Gallo-Roman historian and bishop of Tours, which made him a leading prelate of Gaul. He was born Georgius Florentius, later adding the name Gregorius in. Nov 29, · Saint Gregory of Tours (30 November c. – 17 November ) was a Gallo-Roman historian and Bishop of Tours, which made him a leading prelate of Gaul.
He was born Georgius Florentius and later added the name Gregorius in honour of his maternal great-grandfather. St.
Gregory of Tours, Bishop and Confessor T HE SECOND ornament of the church of Tours after the great St. Martin, was George Florentius Gregory.
He was born at Auvergne, of one of the most illustrious families of that country, both for riches and nobility; and, what was far more valuable, piety seemed hereditary in it. Genealogy of Merovingian Kings Mentioned in Gregory of Tours, (p.
of edition) St. Martin of Tours The History of the Franks by Gregory, bishop of Tours, is an historical record of great importance.
The events which it relates are details of the perishing of the Roman Empire and the beginning of a great modern state and for.
Gregory of Tours (30 November c. – 17 November ) was a Gallo-Roman historian and Bishop of Tours, which made him a leading prelate of the area that had been previously referred to as Gaul by the Romans. Saint Martin the Merciful, Bishop of Tours, was born at Sabaria in Pannonia (modern Hungary) in Since his father was a Roman officer, he also was obliged to serve in the army.
Martin did so unwillingly, for he considered himself a soldier of Christ, though he was still a catechumen.