Saturday, March 12, 2011

Gregory of Tours (538-594AD): Omens.

One of the main distinctions between later Christian views and earlier Pagan ones centered around omens. Bede (672-735AD) doesn't have much of this in his history of the English. Here are some sample from Gregory:

"Before the great plague which ravaged Auvergne prodigies terrified the people of that region in the same yaw. On a number of occasions there or four great shining lights appeared round the sun ..." - History of the Franks, IV.31

"In that year lightning was observed to flicker across the sky, just as we saw it before lothar's death." IV.50.

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