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Gregory Of Tours, The Visigoths And Spain

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Gregory, bishop of Tours from 573 to 594, mentions Visigothic Spain only a few dozen times in the course of his Ten Books of History, our major narrative source for post-Roman Gaul, but those few passages are important not only for Spanish history, but also for our own understanding of Gregory?s aims and attitudes. One of the main sources for Euric?s reign, for Gregory as well as for us, are the works of Sidonius Apollinaris, poet, letter-writer, politician, bishop, and aristocrat par excellence. Gregory assembled a number of cases of what he saw as Arian persecution. He claims that Volusianus, the seventh bishop of Tours, was taken away by the Visigoths, and died in exile or captivity. The evidence of religious connections between Gaul and Spain comes from Gregory?s Miracles of St Martin. Some of it also relates to Galicia, from a generation earlier.

Keywords: Gregory; post-Roman Gaul; Spain; Visigoths



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