Originally published in Great Britain under the title "Attila the Hun: Barbarian Terror and the Fall of the Roman Empire".
History remembers Attila, the leader of the Huns, as the Romans perceived him: a savage barbarian brutally inflicting terror on whoever crossed his path. Following Attila and the Huns from the steppes of Kazakhstan to the court of Constantinople, Christopher Kelly portrays Attila in a compelling new light, uncovering an unlikely marriage proposal, a long-standing relationship with a treacherous Roman general, and a thwarted assassination plot. We see Attila as both a master warrior and an astute strategist whose rule was threatening but whose sudden loss of power was even more so. "The End of Empire" is an original exploration of the clash between empire and barbarity in the ancient world, full of contemporary resonance. 40 b/w illustrations and 3 maps