This review is from: Attila The Hun: Barbarian Terror and the Fall of the Roman Empire (Hardcover)
I must admit that I did not gain much new information from this book, as the period of human history is a old acquaintance of mine from many previous books dealing with the fall of the West-Rome, which just happens to be one of the favorite subjects for surprising number of historians.
There is still an aura of mystery surrounding the fall of the millennium-old empire, that fall of Persian empire, of the great Chinese empires or the fall of even greater Mongol empire have never achieved.
It was more of a refresher course on the happenings during the fall of western Roman Empire. There is not a lot of analysis of the reasons for the happenings and motives of the players. The narrative is quite straightforward and well written, however and the book can well be recommend to those who have no or little knowledge of the era.
The funniest part is that at times Christopher Kelly engages in detailed analysis on the motives of different Roman writers connected with the story of Attila, but he recounts the funny stories of all kinds religious miracles without even hinting that they just could be made up to glorify and protect the newfangled state religion of the Roman empire. On the other hand he well may think that the reader should have a head on their shoulders and see through these stories by themselves.
However, I think that this kind of politeness by the historians towards the religious fanatics of the old times in one of the things that was created the warped relationship some people do have with religions.
On one people well know that these things just can't be true, but when they see intelligent and learned people treating them with silk cloves I fear that just can't help themselves thinking that must be something to it, as they just don't understand how historians at times just are steering clear out of possible controversies with religious people.
Attila The Hun: A Barbarian King and the Fall of Rome