The History of the Franks Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the purpose of the introduction to The History of the Franks?

The introduction of The History of the Franks serves to give readers perspective on conditions surrounding the creation of the book. It gives background information about Gregory as Bishop of the Tours as well as how the Frankish territory was taken over by the Gauls.

2. Why was it considered somewhat of a victory to have a bishop in Tours?

It was considered a victory to have a bishop in Tours because the heathens put up a strong stand to remove the Christian political position before he became bishop. It had taken time for the position of bishop to be re-established in the area.

3. Why did Gregory of Tours write The History of the Franks?

Gregory of Tours wrote The History of the Franks because he knew how to read and write. Many other bishops were not literate. Although Gregory of Tours admitted that he was not the greatest writer, he felt it was his obligation since he was a literate man in an illiterate world.

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