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Attila The Hun: Barbarian Terror and the Fall of the Roman Empire
 
 

Attila The Hun: Barbarian Terror and the Fall of the Roman Empire [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Kelly
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"Christopher Kelly...gives a fine account of this complex story, unpicking its strands cleanly and persuasively" (Literary Review)

"Learned, fluent and often witty study of the great Hunnish leader...Kelly is ideally qualified to write this account" (Tom Holland Daily Telegraph)

"Acute and entertaining biography set against the fall of the Roman Empire" (Metro)

"Gripping" (The Times)

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5520 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (15 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E10RGI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #332,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative 14 July 2010
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I bought this book a little while ago and have recently reread it I enjoyed it so much. As someone who's been bought up with the notion that Attila the Hun was little more than a thuggish neanderthal this work totally changed my view of him. Instead, the author shows the Hunnish empire as more influenced by Rome than determined to be its antithesis.

Using Byzantine sources, I was taken into the very heart of Attila's world and totally surprised by it, not least the Huns adroit political and diplomatic cunning. I particularly enjoyed the section on the botched attempt on Attila's life by Byzantine agents under the orders of a particularly well described and thoroughly unpleasant sounding eunuch of the empires court.

A refreshing new look at the Barbarian leader, which is far more convincing than the usual tale of brutish primitives in mouse skin clothes eating raw meat. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to do with Atilla - very disappointing 7 Feb 2010
By K J
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was most disappointed, I wanted to understand more about Atilla and his tribe. This book is about Romans and more like a shallow, slow text book. Atilla and his gang are hardly mentioned and then only superficially.I gave up about 3/4 through so perhaps the last 1/4 has more in it.

I have no idea why the author has put Atilla in the title.

Gave it one star because the system won't allow a zero.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Attila 26 May 2012
By Bob of gulf point - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good biog of one of the greats. I suppose I would have liked more about his strategy but the sources are quite weak of course.
5.0 out of 5 stars readable and informative 20 July 2014
By Richard Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
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Explains the background of the period and cultures to give the story context and show the significance of the famous events of Atilla's life.
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