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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.

* 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. His reign of terror shattered an imperial world that had been securely unified by the conquests of Julius Caesar five centuries before.

* This book goes in search of the real Attila the Hun. For the first time it reveals the history of an astute politician and first-rate military commander who brilliantly exploited the strengths and weaknesses of the Roman empire.

* We ride with Attila and the Huns from the windswept steppes of Kazakhstan to the opulent city of Constantinople, from the Great Hungarian Plain to the fertile fields of Champagne in France.

* Christopher Kelly utilises a wealth of original texts – including the only surviving account of the historian who met Attila during a top-secret assassination attempt. This tale of espionage and counter-

Reviews

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

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  • Paperback

    9781844139156

    November 2, 2009

    Vintage

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Attila The Hun
    Christopher Kelly

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    9781446419328

    February 15, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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