New Catholic Dictionary – Saint Gregory of Tours


Confessor, born Clermont-Ferrand, France, c.538; died Tours, France, 593. He was made Bishop of Clermont in 573, but was at once called to the See of Tours by King Sigebert. At that time Roman civilization in Gaul was breaking down under the Frankish invaders. The bishop, who alone were instructed, came to the rescue of the people, and Gregory was their leader in upholding the genera social welfare, amidst the constant changing of temporal masters. His history of the Franks is a plain statement of what he saw and heard; but he delighted more in themes of hagiography, in which, following the credulous spirit of his day, he revels in the miraculous. Feast, 11 November.

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Gregory of Tours”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 June 2013. Web. 23 September 2021. <>