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    Gregory of Tours & Saint Ado of Vienna. Historiae Francorum libri decem: In quibus non solum Francorum res gestae, sed etiam Martyrum cum infidelibus bella, & Ecclesiae cum haereticis concertationes ex ponuntur. Adonis Viennensis Chronica. Paris: Guillaume Morel, Guillaume Guillard, et Amaulry Warancore, 1561. ¹2,*8,2*6,A-Z,a-t8;2A2, [2]2A-2P8, 2Q6,R-S8. [32],639,[31],[2 blank],[4],247,[1],[3],[1],[32]p. [bound with:] Gregorii Florentis. Gregorii Episcopi Turonici de Gloria martyrum libri duo. Eiusdem Gregorii, De Gloria Confessorum. Paris: Guillaume Morel, 1563. *8,A-M8,a-g8. [14],[2 blank],265,[1]p. Paris: Guillaume Morel, 1561-1563. Krown & Spellman retail: $1000. 8vo. 3 works in 2 vols. bound in 1. Contemp. calf, lacks spine, old owner's names on t.p., some early marginalia; dampstained. Printer's marks on t.p.s. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Saint Gregory of Tours (November 30, c. 538 Ð November 17, 594) was a Gallo-Roman historian and bishop of Tours, which made him a leading prelate of Gaul. He was born Georgius Florentius Gregorius. He wrote in an ungrammatical and barbarized style of late Latin; however, it has been argued that this was a deliberate ploy to ensure his works would reach a wide audience. He is the main contemporary source for Merovingian history. His most notable work was his Decem Libri Historiarum or Ten Books of Histories, better known as the Historia Francorum ("History of the Franks"), a title given to it by later chroniclers, but he is also known for his credulous accounts of the miracles of saints, especially four books of the miracles of Martin of Tours... Along with his other books, notably the Glory of the Confessors, the Glory of the Martyrs and the Life of St. Martin, meticulous attention is paid to the local as opposed to the universal Christian experience. Within these grandiloquent lives are tales and anecdotes which tie miracles, saints and their relics to a great diversity of local areas, furnishing his audience with greater knowledge of their local shrine, and providing them with evidence of the work of God in their immediate vicinity, thus greatly expanding their connection with and understanding of their faith. Attacks on heresy also appear throughout his hagiographies, and Arianism is taken to be the common face of heresy across Europe, exposed to great ridicule. Often, the scenes which expose the weaknesses of heresy Glory of the Martyrs, 79, 80 focus on images of fire and burning, whilst the Catholics are proved right by the protection lavished on them by God.

    Ado:St. Ado of Vienne

    Born about 800, in the diocese of Sens; d. 16 December, 875. He was brought up at the Benedictine Abbey of Ferrières, and had as one of his masters the Abbot Lupus Servatus, one of the most celebrated humanists of those times. By his brilliant talents and assiduous application Ado gained the esteem of his masters and schoolmates, while his ready obedience, deep humility, and sincere piety foreshadowed his future holiness...Ado wrote a chronicle from the beginning of the world to A. D. 874, "Chronicon de VI ¾tatibus mundi"...[CE]  Adams G1129-1130 [incomplete] without the 1563 added volume.BM SC (French) 207 [incomplete,though bound as our copy] . Ruelle 1176. Tchemerzine/Scheller III, 485 & 489. Luzarche 3811. Salmon 993

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