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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1622: The Limits of Gregory of Tours, II: Culture and Society

Thursday 9 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Tamar Rotman, Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Moderator/Chair:Stefan Esders, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Paper 1622-aGregory of Tours, Theology, and Fear
(Language: English)
Catherine-Rose Hailstone, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Religious Life, Rhetoric, Theology
Paper 1622-bContagious Filth of Vice: Purity and Pollution in Gregory of Tours
(Language: English)
Yaniv Fox, Department of General History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Religious Life, Social History, Theology
Paper 1622-cThe Gendered Borders of Political Power and Legitimate Violence in Gregory of Tours
(Language: English)
E. T. Dailey, Amsterdam University Press / Arc Humanities Press / Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
Index terms: Gender Studies, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History

The sixth-century Merovingian bishop and author, Gregory of Tours, is best known for his extensive corpus of writings, which scholars keep using for examining and reconstructing the histories of Merovingian Gaul. Following this year’s theme of borders and boundaries, this strand shall discuss the limits of Gregory of Tours and examine him, his works and period from various perspectives that emphasize different boundaries that help to reach a better and more complex understanding of Gregory of Tours. This session examines the social and cultural tensions in the works of Gregory of Tours. The first paper explores how Gregory used his works to construct his theological notions of the good Christian self; The second paper examines how Gregory employed purity and pollution in his works to explain social and cultural role of boundaries; The last paper uses Gregory’s works to explore the challenges elite women had to face, and the strategies they deployed in their attempts to overcome them.