The Night Attila Died: Solving the Murder of Attila the Hun

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Berkley Books, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 324 pages
Before Saddam, before Hitler, before Napoleon...

...there was Attila, the reviled leader of the Huns who cut a bloody swath of death across fifth-century Europe. Yet, for all his barbarian savagery, it took a mere nosebleed to end his life. At least that's how history has recorded it-a curious footnote to a legacy rife with violence.

But history happens to be wrong.

Michael Babcock, a noted philologist and recognized authority on the life and legend of Attila, makes a stunning revelation: "The Scourge of God" died as he lived...

Attila was murdered.

Using careful analysis of textual and historical evidence, Babcock lays out his argument like a skilled trial lawyer. He puts the reader in the jury box as he presents the evidence pointing to an assassination plot and subsequent cover-up, orchestrated by Attila's chief rival, Marcian, emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire.

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In 453 C.E., the Roman Empire (Eastern and Western) got a lucky break: Attila, king of the enemy Huns, was dead. The Huns, originally a central Asian tribe, had migrated west, driving defeated ... Read full review

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Michael A. Babcock, Ph.D., a recognized authority on the historical and legendary material surrounding the life and death of Attila the Hun, is an Associate Professor of Humanities at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Philology from the University of Minnesota and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina.

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