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Attila : the Barbarian king who challenged Rome

Author: John Man
Publisher: New York : T. Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st [American] edView all editions and formats
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"For a crucial twenty years in the early fifth century, Attila held the fate of the Roman Empire and the future of all Europe in his hands. He created the greatest of barbarian forces, and his empire briefly rivaled Rome's. In numerous raids and three major campaigns against the Roman Empire, he earned himself an instant and undying reputation for savagery. But there was more to him than mere barbarism. Attila was
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Attila; Attila
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Man
ISBN: 0312349394 9780312349394
OCLC Number: 64585896
Notes: Originally published: London : Bantam, 2005.
Description: x, 324 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: A beast, cornered --
PART I: THE MENACE: The storm before the whirlwind --
Out of Asia --
The return of the mounted archer --
PART II: THE RIVALS: A continent in chaos --
First steps to empire --
In the court of King Attila --
The barbarian and the princess --
PART III: DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION: A close-run thing on the Catalaunian Plains --
A city too far --
A sudden death, a secret grave --
Traces of those who vanished --
Afterlife: The good, the bad, and the beastly Hun.
Responsibility: John Man.
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"For a crucial twenty years in the early fifth century, Attila held the fate of the Roman Empire and the future of all Europe in his hands. He created the greatest of barbarian forces, and his empire briefly rivaled Rome's. In numerous raids and three major campaigns against the Roman Empire, he earned himself an instant and undying reputation for savagery. But there was more to him than mere barbarism. Attila was capricious, arrogant, brutal, and brilliant enough to win the loyalty of millions. In the end, his ambitions ran away with him. He did not live long enough to found a lasting empire--but long enough to jolt Rome toward its final fall. In this riveting biography, masterful storyteller John Man draws on his extensive travels through Attila's heartland and his experience with the nomadic traditions of Central Asia to reveal the man behind the myth."--Publisher's website.

Chronicles the life of Attila the Hun, focusing on his conflicts with the Roman Empire, his influence over the history of Europe, his image in the modern world, his reputation for savagery, and other related topics.

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