Text #5855

Fredegar. The Fourth Book of the Chronicle of Fredegar
[Fred. Chron. 15. Translated by John Michael Wallace-Hadrill. Oxford University Press. 1960 p. 11]

In the third year of Childebert’s reign in Burgundy, many signs were seen in the sky. A comet was seen1. In that same year Childebert’s army fought bravely against the Warni2, who had been trying to rise in rebellion. So many Warni fell in battle that few indeed of that people survived.

  1. Krusch assigns the comet to the year 594 on the strength of W. J. Williams, Observations of Comets (London 1871), who reports a comet seen in China on 10 November 594. But Professor H. H. Plaskett assures me that the comet reported by Fredegar would be that also reported by Paul, Hist. Lang. IV, chap. 10 and assigned by him to January 595. The two comets are distinct. [OF]

  2. Thuringians [OF]

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