The historian who was to become known to the world as Gregory, nineteenth Bishop of Tours, was born on 30 November c.539, in what is now Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dome, and what was then Arvernus or Arvernorum civitas, the chief city of Arvernia or Auvergne.
Introduction (Penguin Classics ed., 1974).
A great many things keep happening, some of them good, some of them bad.
Preface of Gregory, bishop of the church in Tours (Penguin Classics ed., 1974).
Proposing as I do to describe the wars waged by kings against hostile peoples, by martyrs against the heathen and by the Churches against the heretics, I wish first of all to explain my own faith, so that whoever reads me may not doubt that I am a Catholic.