This chapter presents the translation of the first book of the Deeds of the Bishops of Cambrai, with extensive commentary and explanatory notes. At the command of the lord bishop Gerard, the authors have committed to memory, to the extent that they have been able to track it down verifiably, information about the history of their cities, namely Cambrai and Arras, as well as about their shepherds. They have been moved by the merit of the one overseeing their work rather than by trust in their own capacity. Although this text has been produced in a rustic manner of speech, the series of events set out here is clear enough. The authors have found this text with which the man of God, the venerable bishop, along with King Theuderic, strengthened and augmented the church of the holy mother of God at Arras with their own property, namely with estates, churches, lands, mills, and other resources.