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Who's Who in Medieval History and the Renaissance

Attila the Hun

?- 453

Military Leader


Roman Empire

The Huns were an aggressive, dangerous, conquering tribe who swept westward through Asia, terrifying Germanic tribes and pressing them on to Rome. Their activities were fundamental to the dynamics of the Barbarians and the empire in the fourth and fifth centuries.

Attila was the leader of the Huns in the fifth century and played a significant role in the history of the late Roman Empire. Known as "the Scourge of God," Attila inherited a huge conquered territory, along with his brother Bleda. Together they subdued Barbarian tribes and negotiated tribute from the Eastern Roman Empire. In 443 Attila is believed to have murdered his brother before leading the Huns to further conquests in Eastern Rome and Gaul. He was on the verge of yet another attack on the Byzantines when he died in his sleep on his wedding night.

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The Night Attila Died - Solving the Murder of Attila the Hun
Ancient/Classical History Guide N. S. Gill provides a review of Michael A. Babcock's theory concerning the real cause of Attila's death.

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Attila the Hun on the Web

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Attila the Hun in Print

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