Death and Afterlife in the Pages of Gregory of Tours
Title
Death and Afterlife in the Pages of Gregory of Tours
Subtitle
Religion and Society in Late Antique Gaul
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€ 108,99
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9789048540082
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Number of pages
324
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English
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Introduction

Part I Death

Chapter One Peering into the Invisible World
Death and the Little Boy
Becoming Gregory I
Conclusion

Chapter Two Maturing Spiritually in a Perilous World
Death and the Aspiring Cleric
Becoming Gregory II
Studium ad ecclesiasticae scriptae
Conclusion

Chapter Three Pastoring from the Pulpit and the Page
Death and the Bishop
Death and the Historian?
Bishop, Author, Pastor
-Writings and Sermons
-Sin, Penance, Grace
-Living Holy People
-Sinners
Conclusion

Part II Afterlife

Chapter Four Discerning the Denizens of Heaven and Hell
The Saved
Visionaries and Heaven
Communicating Salvation: Migrare and Transire
Hellmates
Signs of Condemnation
Communicating Damnation: Interire, Iudicium Dei, Ultio Divina
Lessons and Warnings for Contemporaries
Conclusion

Chapter Five Fathoming the Fates of the Merovingians
Merovingians in Heaven
-King Clovis and Queen Clotild
-King Theudebert
Merovingians in Hell
-King Chlodomer et al.
-A Mixed Bag: Kings Theuderic, Theudebald, Childebert I, Chlothar I and Prince Chramn
Kings Charibert and Sigibert
Kings Chilperic and Guntram
Conclusion

Conclusion
Killer Queen(s)
King Guntram and Gregory's Unfinished Project
Afterword

Bibliography

Index
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Allen E. Jones

Death and Afterlife in the Pages of Gregory of Tours

Religion and Society in Late Antique Gaul

Gregory of Tours was a bishop of late antiquity who was famously devoted to promoting the efficacy of saintly powers. In his writings, both historical and hagiographical, Gregory depicted the saints and reprobates of his age. This book analyses Gregory’s writings about death and the afterlife, thereby illuminating the bishop’s pastoral imperative to save souls and revealing his opinions about the fates of Merovingian royals, among many others he mentions in his voluminous text. The study provides insight into Gallic peoples living at the dawning of the Middle Ages and their hopes and fears about the otherworld. It affords an original, nuanced interpretation of Gregory’s motives for penning his works, particularly the Historiae, which remained unfinished upon the author’s death.
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Allen E. Jones

Allen Jones is Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at Troy University.