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Saint Gregory of Tours was born around the year 538 at Arverni which is now Clermont-Ferrand He belonged to the Gallo-Roman family which was a very prestigious family He was also related to the houses of Gaul Gregorys original name was Georgius Florentius He took the name Gregory to honor his late grandfather who was named Gregory His Grandfather was the Bishop of Langres When Gregory was young his father died and he went to live with his Uncle His uncle Gallus was the Bishop of Clermont Gallus educated him until his death in 554 Gregorys mother left to live with friends in Burgandy and left her son to Avitus who became Bishop of Clermont after Gallus Avitus taught Gregory all about the Scriptures Gregory was not too impressed with the scriptures Gregory got seriously ill and wasnt supposed to recover He did recover though and this made him more mindful of God and the scriptures Gregory then became a friend with the Bishop of Tours whose name was Euphronius Euphronius died in 573 and Gregory succeeded him as Bishop of Tours During this time in Tours there was great political and social chaos The relationships with the Bishops and the Kings and Masters was not good The Kings abused their powers and this caused civil wars Gregory wrote that these conflicts were more hurtful to the church than the persecution from Diocletian Eventually the unrest and Tours stopped and peace was at hand The Masters of Tours were constantly changing until Guntram who was the King of Burgandy took over the rule of Tours Guntram and Gregory were friends and the role of bishop was given more authority and respect Guntram signed the Treaty of Andelot in the year 587 This treaty gave the rule of Tours to Childebert II Childebert honored Gregory and let him go on many missions During this time Gregory played an important role in the building of new churches
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