IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1344: Memory and 6th-Century Gaul, II: Remembering the Merovingians

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Tamar Rotman, Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Moderator/Chair:Yitzhak Hen, Department of History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Respondent:Yaniv Fox, Department of General History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Paper 1344-aFor Future Reference: Traits of Auto-Hagiography in the Writings of Gregory of Tours
(Language: English)
Tamar Rotman, Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 1344-bReading Merovingian Authors in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Hope Williard, Library, University of Lincoln
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin
Abstract

A lot has been said about the manner in which Venantius Fortunatus and Gregory of Tours commemorated the past in their extensive historiographical and hagiographical works. In this session we will change our perspective and have a look at the way in which the memory of their time was created. First, Tamar Rotman will examine the manner in which Gregory of Tours interlaced autobiographical accounts into his hagiographical narratives in order to set the grounds for his future commemoration as a saint. Hope Williard will then examine the extent to which the works of Gregory of Tours and Venantius Fortunatus were adopted into the medieval ‘canon’ of Christian authors, particularly during the 11th and 12th century, and the effects this process had on modern interest in the Merovingians.