Sunday, April 03, 2011

Gregory of Tours: Final thoughts on The History of the Franks.

The thing that really stands out in this book is the degree to which barbarian races overran Europe with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. They were illiterate and violent. Disputes were frequently resolved by splitting a head in two with a battle axe. The populace knew nothing of Latin and the few priests faced quite a challenge. Warfare would rage for a few centuries longer as uncivilized tribes continued to challenge the barely civilized ones. Could anyone imagine that these same races would eventually take the lead in science and technology? As always, reading a first hand history gives quite a different impression than the school text books.

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