- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (28 Nov. 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140442952
- ISBN-13: 978-0140442953
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The History of the Franks (Classics) Paperback – 28 Nov 1974
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About the Author
Gregory of Tours (538-94), French historian, bishop of Tours (from 573), was born in Clermont-Ferrand. He had a distinguished and successful career as bishop. Gregory wrote accounts of miracles of the saints, an astronomical work to determine movable feasts, and a commentary on the Psalms. His masterpiece, Historia Francorum [history of the Franks], in 10 books, is a universal history; its account of contemporary events is of great importance.
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Most of the stars lost here are not the fault of old Gregory. The editing is fine as far as it goes but is lacking in supporting commentary. For example I am still perplexed as to why there seemed to be a major Syrian population in early France - they are mentioned several times and on one occasion they seem to make up a large enough proportion of the population of a town that their language is listed with Latin and Hebrew as being one of three main languages spoken there. I thought for a while that there might have been some origin myth of the Franks suggesting that they came from Syria, but there is no evidence that this is the case.
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