Queens, Consorts, Concubines by E. T. Dailey
Queens, Consorts, Concubines by E. T. Dailey

Queens, Consorts, Concubines

Gregory of Tours and Women of the Merovingian Elite
by E. T. Dailey
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Gregory of Tours hoped to inspire the believers in sixth-century Gaul with examples of righteous and wicked deeds and their consequences. Critiquing his own society, Gregory contrasted vengeful queens, rebellious nuns, and conniving witches with pious widows, humble abbesses, and tearful saints. By examining his thematic treatment of topics including widowhood, marriage, sanctity, authority, and political agency, Queens, Consorts, Concubines reassesses the material shaped by such concerns, including e.g. Gregory’s accounts of Brunhild, Fredegund, Radegund, and other important elite women, Merovingian political policies (marital alliances, ecclesiastical intrigue, even assassinations), and seemingly unrelated topics such as Hermenegild’s rebellion and the career of Empress Sophia. The result: a new interpretation of an important witness to the transformations of Late Antiquity.
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About this Edition

Language

English

Publisher

Publication Date

2015

Format

Hardcover

Number of Pages

202

ISBN

9004290893

ISBN-13

9789004290891