Gregory, bishop of Tours (573-594), was among the most prolific writers of his age and uniquely managed to cover the genres of history, hagiography, and ecclesiastical instruction. He not only wrote about events (of the secular, spiritual, and even natural variety) but about himself as an actor and witness. Though his work (especially the Histories) has been recycled and studied for centuries, our grasp of an even basic understanding of it, never mind Gregory's significance in the history of the late antique West, has hardly yet attained a definitive perspective. A Companion to Gregory of Tours brings together fourteen scholars who provide an expert guide to interpreting his works, his period, and his legacy in religious and historical studies. Contributors are: Pascale Bourgain, Roger Collins, John J. Contreni, Stefan Esders, Martin Heinzelmann, Yitzhak Hen, John K. Kitchen, Simon Loseby, Alexander Callander Murray, Patrick Perin, Joachim Pizarro, Helmut Reimitz, Michael Roberts, Richard Shaw.
A boy, bored with homework, doodles on a misted window. His doodle, a crocodile, comes to life reaches out from the window and swallows him whole. Inside the crocodile, he meets a girl from school, who has had the same experience. Join Holly and Simon on a fantastic 'Crocodile Tour' to Ancient Egypt. The crocodile is controlled by a computer but it is the weird and wonderful Drench, who apart from mangling the English language, pushes all the right buttons; including the one which takes them back to 368 BC and a meeting with an angry Pharaoh!
In an increasingly globalized world of collapsing economic borders and extending formal political and legal equality rights within the perimeter of states and broader political entities, active citizenship has the potential to expand as well as deepen. At the same time with the rise of neo-liberalism, welfare state retrenchment, decline of state employment, re-privatization and the rising gap between rich and poor, the economic, social and political citizenship rights of certain categories of people are increasingly curtailed. This book examines the complexity of citizenship in historical and contemporary contexts. It reflects a spectrum of perspectives, approaches and methods and draws upon empirical research from a range of countries and contexts in addressing women and citizenship in a local-global world. A range of issues such as immigration, ethnicity, class, nationality, political and economic participation, institutions and the private and public spheres, at present and in the past are covered. This rich and diverse collection helps to inform our understanding of the pitfalls and possibilities for women from the persistence and changes in the contours of citizenship.
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