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Attila The Hun : A Barbarian King and the Fall of Rome

Attila The Hun : A Barbarian King and the Fall of Rome

Author: John Man
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The name Attila, the Hun, has become a byword for barbarism, savagery and violence. His is a truly household name, but what do we really know about the man himself, his position in history and the world in which he lived? This riveting biography reveals the man behind the myth. In the years 434-454 AD, the fate of Europe hung upon the actions of one man, Attila, king of the Huns. The decaying Roman empire still stood astride the Western World, from its twin capitals of Rome and Constantinople, but it was threatened by a new force, the much-feared Barbarian hordes. It was Attila who united the Barbarian tribes into a single, amazingly-effective army. He launched two violent attacks against the eastern and western halves of the Roman empire, attacks which earned him his reputation for mindless devastation, and brought an end to Rome's pre-eminence in Europe. Attila was coarse, capricious, arrogant, ruthless and brilliant. An illiterate and predatory tribal chief, he had no interest in administration, but was a wily politician, who, from his base in the grasslands of Hungary, used secretaries and ambassadors to bring him intelligence on his enemies. He was a leader whose unique qualities made him supreme among tribal leaders, but whose weaknesses ensured the collapse of his empire after his death.

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The first popular biography of the great warlord, Attila the Hun.

Author description

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. After reading German and French at Oxford he did two postgraduate courses, one in the history of science at Oxford, the other in Mongolian at the School of Oriental and African Studies. His Gobi: Tracking the Desert (Weidenfeld, 1997) was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s. He is also the author of The Atlas of the Year 1000, (Penguin 1999), Alpha Beta (Headline, 2000) on the roots of the Roman alphabet, The Gutenberg Revolution (Headline 2002) on the origins and impact of printing, and the bestselling Genghis Khan. His latest book, Kublai Khan, is now available from Bantam Press.

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General Fields

  • : 9780553816587
  • : Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • : Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
  • : February 2006
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 26mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2006
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Man
  • : John Man
  • : New edition
  • : Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
  • : Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
  • : New edition
  • : Biography & autobiography: historical, political & military; European history: BCE to c 500 CE
  • : Paperback
  • : Biography & autobiography: historical, political & military; European history: BCE to c 500 CE
  • : Paperback
  • : 400
  • : 400
  • : 939.8092
  • : 939.8092