At the time that the Gesta episcoporum Cameracensium was written, during roughly the period from 1024-1055, the majority of the diocese of Cambrai was part of the German Kingdom along its frontier with France. The author of the Gesta followed Flodoard by describing the region in which Cambrai was located as the kingdom of Lothar, which the authors have rendered as Lotharingia in their translation, and the people living in this region as Lotharingians. Despite the clear influence of Flodoard's work on the structure of the Gesta, it is important to recognize that the first author of the text had his own well-developed views about what it meant to write history. He actively reflects throughout the Gesta on the task that he has undertaken as a historian, the nature of the sources that he has available, and finally how he should employ these sources.