Saint Gregory of Tour, a scholar bishop
Every year in November, the Orthodox diaspora honors St. Martin of Tours, the most popular
saint of the West. On November 17, in the West we also celebrate Saint Gregory of Tours, called
“the father of French history” or “the French Herodotus.” Through his writing, Gregory became
one of the greatest writers of his time. Almost all of his works have a historical character,
with a special value as sources for the religious and political history of Gaul in the sixth
century. Moreover, the language of his writings sums up the process of how Latin turned into
Romance languages, in this case, in French.