Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1899
Queen Fredegundis sends her trusted cleric to assassinate Queen Brunhildis. Due to his lack of success, he is severely punished by Fredegundis in ca 584. Account of Gregory of Tours, "Histories", Tours (Gaul), AD 584–594.
Queen Fredegundis sent a certain cleric (clericus) to kill Queen Brunhildis. The cleric arrived at Brunhildis' court, claiming that he was a fugitive from Fredegundis. At first, he was cordially received, but then was exposed, flogged, and sent back to Fredegundis. Fredegundis had his hands and feet cut off.
(ed. Krusch 1937: 339; summarised by J. Szafranowski)


Based on the place of this passus in Gregory's narrative, these events took place ca 584.

Place of event:

  • Gaul

About the source:

Author: Gregory of Tours
Title: The History of the Franks, Gregorii episcopi Turonensis historiarum libri X, Histories
Origin: Tours (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Gregory of Tours (Gaul) wrote his ten books of Histories (known commonly in English as the History of the Franks) during his episcopal reign in Tours between 573 and 594. The books vary in scope and length. The first book covers 5,596 years from the creation of the world to AD 397, that is the death of Saint Martin of Tours, Gregory`s predecessor in bishopric. The second book deals with the history of Gaul between 397 and 511, the latter being the year of death of King Clovis I. The third and fourth books cover the next 64 years till the death of Austrasian King Sigibert II in 575. Finally, the following six books describe exclusively the sixteen years from 575 to 591. Probably in 594, Gregory added the list of bishops of Tours in the end of the Histories, with brief accounts of their actions.
B. Krusch ed., Gregorii Episcopi Turonensis Historiarum Libri X [in:] Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Scriptores rerum Merovingiciarum 1.1, Hannover 1884 (repr. 1951): 1­-537.
Gregory of Tours, The History of the Franks, trans. L. Thorpe, London 1974.


Functions within the Church - Presbyter at court
Described by a title - Clericus
Public law - Secular
Relation with - Monarch and royal/imperial family
Administration of justice - Secular
Administration of justice - Corporal punishment
Public functions and offices after ordination
Conflict - Violence
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