Gregory of Tours.

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  • Author(s): Swanson, Roy Arthur
  • Source:
    Salem Press Biographical Encyclopedia, 2020. 4p.
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    • Abstract:
      French bishop and historian. Georgius Florentius, who would become Gregory, bishop of Tours (tewr), was born in the capital city of Auvergne. In his De virtutibus sancti Martini (c. 593; The Miracles of Saint Martin, 1949), he wrote that he was born on Saint Andrew’s Day, thirty-four years before his installation in 573 as the nineteenth bishop of Tours. He was given the name of his father (Georgius) and of his father’s father (Florentius), each of whom was of senatorial rank. His mother, Armentaria, was a granddaughter of Saint Tetricus, bishop of Langres (539-572) and a great-granddaughter of Saint Gregorius, who preceded his son as bishop of Langres (507-539). Gregory’s lineage was clearly that of a noble family consistently influential in the Church.