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Gregory of Tours
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Georgius Florentius Gregorius, otherwise known as Gregory of Tours, was born in Merovingian Gaul on Nov 30, 538 CE (Verdon, 1989, 14). Gregory used his third name, Gregorius, to honor his maternal grandfather, Bishop Gregory of Langres (Heinzelmann, 2001, 10; 17–19). Both of Gregory’s parents were of senatorial or aristocratic background, his father’s family from Clermont and his mother, Armentaria II, from Burgundy. Gregory had a thoroughly religious upbringi…

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Lovell, Michael, “Gregory of Tours”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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