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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1722: The Limits of Gregory of Tours, III: Space

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

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:Ian N. Wood, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 1722-aGregory of Tours and the Boundaries of Urban Space
(Language: English)
Simon Loseby, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Daily Life, Local History, Religious Life
Paper 1722-bSaeculum et caelum: Navigating Sacred Borders in the Histories of Gregory of Tours
(Language: English)
Mary Hitchman, Faculty of History, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Religious Life, Theology

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. The last session explores Gregory’s attitudes to different spaces. The first paper examines Gregory’s understanding of the internal and external boundaries of contemporary urban communities; the second paper explores Gregory’s attitudes towards the boundaries between the worldly and the holy. The session will conclude with a response to the entire strand.