Attila: The Barbarian King Who Challenged Rome

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Macmillan, 17. feb. 2009 - 336 síđur
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A stunning biography of history's most infamous warlord, Attila the Hun

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.

 

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Acknowledgements
9
The Storm before the Whirlwind
11
Out of Asia
29
The Return of the Mounted Archer
79
A Continent in Chaos
107
First Steps to Empire
125
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153
In the Court of King Attila
161
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234
A City Too
245
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275
The Good the Bad and the Beastly
289
Bibliography
309
Index
317

The Barbarian and the Princess
193

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Um höfundinn (2009)

John Man is a historian and travel writer with a special interest in Mongolia. His book Gobi: Tracking the Desert was the first book on the subject in English since the 1920s. He is also the author of Atlas of the Year 1000, Alpha Beta, The Gutenberg Revolution, Genghis Khan, The Terracotta Army, and The Great Wall, among others.

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