It is easy to forget how short attilas reign was he and his brother bleda became leaders of the huns in 434 ad attila became sole ruler sometime in 440 ad and he was dead in 453 ad and the empire he created unraveled so spectacularly afterwards that in less than a decade his sons were either dead or lost to history. attila the hun godless barbarian and near mythical warrior king has become a byword for mindless ferocity his brutal attacks smashed through the frontiers of the roman empire in a savage wave of death and destruction. Known to the romans as the scourge of god attila himself and his crucial role in the fall of rome are vividly recreated in this brilliant and compelling account. Christopher kelly examines not only attila the huns career but also his importance in the fall of the western roman empire his narrative unfolds largely chronologically commencing with the first contact the romans had with the huns in the late 4th century ad. Attilas raids and the formation of the hunnic empire helped hasten the fall of the roman empire in its western half 5 you could imagine that the people of rome became distressed at the fact that neither they nor their government could do anything to stop attila
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