Book review: Attila the Hun

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Everyone has heard of Attila the Hun, even if the names of contemporary warlords have disappeared from common usage.

Author: IAN HUGHES

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans 

 

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Everyone has heard of Attila the Hun, even if the names of contemporary warlords have disappeared from common usage, despite most people not knowing anything about the 5th century leader. While Ian Hughes’ book carries his name, the first part of the narrative is setting the scene with the origin of the Huns, their society and initial contact with the Roman Empire. Then, a third of the way through, we get to Attila and how he ruled his empire and dealt with the Romans, before coming a cropper against the Gauls.

 

It’s written like an academic paper so it’s not engaging and something of chore to discover more about the barbarian who terrorised Rome.

 

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• Pen and Sword
• 216 pages • Hardback • £19.99

 

As reviewed in The Armourer June 2019

 

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