Dating the baptism of Clovis: the bishop of Vienne vs the bishop of Tours

@article{Shanzer1998DatingTB,
  title={Dating the baptism of Clovis: the bishop of Vienne vs the bishop of Tours},
  author={Danuta Renu Shanzer},
  journal={Early Medieval Europe},
  year={1998},
  volume={7}
}
  • D. Shanzer
  • Published 1 March 1998
  • History
  • Early Medieval Europe
This article reexamines the text and interpretation of three crucial passages in Avitus of Vienne’s Ep. 46, the only contemporary document attesting the baptism of Clovis, and one passage in Gregory of Tours’Decem Libri Historiarum. The following conclusions relative to the date and circumstances of the baptism can be drawn. A. Avitus addresses Clovis not as if he was a pagan convert, but as if he was a recent Arian sympathiser, possibly even a catechumen. 2. There is no allusion to Clovis's… 

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