Gregory Of Tours , (Georgius Florentius Gregorius), a saint of the Roman Catholic church, born in Auvergne about 540, died in Tours probably on Nov. 17, 595. He is called the father of French history, was descended from a senatorial family, and educated under St. Gall, bishop of Clermont. In 573 he was elected bishop of Tours; and in 575 he refused to surrender Duke Gontran, who had sought an asylum in the church of St. Martin, to Chil-peric and Fredegonda. For this his property was confiscated and his diocese laid waste. Later, Chilperic's son Meroveus having taken refuge there, the king besieged the city of Tours; but Gregory would not give up the fugitive. After the assassination of Chilperic, Gregory displayed on many occasions the same intrepidity in vindicating the rights of the oppressed. In 587 he negotiated the treaty of Andelot between Childebert, Brunehaut, and Gontran, which gave a brief peace to France. His complete works were published by Dom Ruinart (fob, Paris, 1699); and a translation of his Historia Francorum by Guizot (2 vols., 1859; 2d ed., 1863). His life, written in Latin by Odo, abbot of Cluny, in the 10th century, is given by Baillet in his Vies des saints.