This book gave me fits I bought it because Attila is a minor character in a couple of my books set in 5C Imperial Rome and I wanted information on his background ust for my personal education The author has a degree in history and has written several other narrative histories which I take as writing for a general audience very few footnotes and conversational style In that he succeeded However he made lots of minor mistakes in his Roman history Easily checked things such as reversing the birth order of Empress Placidia s children with Constantius actually daughter Honoria the oldest son Valentinian second Man also said that Aetius defeated General Boniface at Rimini with Hunnish troops Actually General Aetius led regular Roman troops in his rebellion at Rimini and was defeated by Boniface If he got so many Roman facts wrong how accurate was he with the Hunnish history I don t know and that s what troubles me I would have given this book a single star but it was written for a general audience and such small things as birth order wouldn t detract from a normal reader s enjoyment of the book but researchers should look elsewhere I am sorry but this book have not earned the paper which it has been printed Since I am Hungarian you know H Ngarian I think it is a pure and insidious reviling about me and my peopleBeside my feelings this John MAN has not the slightest idea of the history of H nsfirts of all He was called A T I L L A not A T T I L AWhat he and you all in Western Europe know about the H ns and Atilla is filtered through Jordanes works He was a Vizygot writer whose people were real murderers plunderers and rapists You know nothing about the Byzantine writer Rhaetor PriscusPriskos who was contemporary emissary of the Byzantian Empire and had a long report about the Hunnic Great King Unfortunately this report was lost but its fragment were re written along the centuriesH ns have never been barbarians nor nomads nor uncultured peopleWe have invented too much things and technics for the sake of provement shirt with buttons trousers wheel stirrup soap fast food soup from grinded meat powder composite bowsimilar to nowadays AK 47 special cuneiform writing ROV S now called Hungarian Runic writing in EU which is the predecessor of all the Runic writings and latin alphabetSo our culture is old very oldSimilarly Atilla hadn t came from the Nowhere he had predecessors too The Great H n Empire originated from the Carpathian Basin Ist centre and the Turfan Basin IInd centre in Asia so called China s ancient mummies now UYGHURIA or China s Xingchian province The Empire has a Heavenly King tan hu kaiser caesar who ruled by his aides the Right Hand Great King and the Left Hand Great King The European H ns were the Left Hand so Atilla s great grandfather Balamb r had defeated the Alans between 350and 360 AD Eastern Gothsin 374 AD and the Western Goths Alans and Western Goths became fugitives and escaped to today s Spain Cataluna and FranceThe next Heavenly King was Karaton then Uldin and after him Rua who was Atilla s uncle These three had RE conuered the European Continent exterminating a degenerated Greek Roman state in these times these were Byzantium and the Western Roman Empire and were WELCOMED by the locals every where These were the Time of the Birth of the Nations at the H n s example many tribes connected themselves to the Hunnic Empire as a respected tolerated not persecuted because of its culture religion or habits and welcomed ALLIES to the Great Nation of Nimrud It is factWhen Atilla the LeftHand Great King and his brother Buda his name is the same as the White Hunnic prophet Buddha prononciation is the same Buda became the Right Hand Great King for the Asian H nsSo there were NO fratricide in the House of KingsAfter Buda s death mybe he had fallen in a campaign against Persia Atilla had risen to the title of Heavenly King KaisercaesarThere was NO BATTLE at Catalaunum because that was at Campus Mariacus The H nsat the middle and their allies Eastern Goths Gepids at left wing and Sarmatiansright wing and faced Roman army Aetius Roman left wing Sangiban Alannic king at the center and Theoderich dux with his Western Goths on the Roman right The Hunnic center simply grinded Alan troops to dustThen the eastern Goths defeated their Western cousins killing Theoderich at that time Theoderich tree sons debated over leadership and the Western GothsVizygoths simply left the battlefieldAetius suddenly finding hgimself alone also retreated and Atilla have awaited some kind of emi. The name Attila the Hun has become a byword for barbarism savagery and violence His is a truly household name but what do we really know about the man himself his position in history and the world in which he lived This riveting biography reveals the man behind the mythIn the years 434 454AD the fate of Europe hung upon the actions of one man Attila king of the Huns The decaying Roman empire still stood astride the Wester.
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E oddity that is a chapter that is devoted to his crush on a Hungarian archery teacher For a decade or so this book has glared down at me from its shelf I imagined it would be deep and factual in an intimidating way mired in received wisdom something I really ought to read How wrong I was The author deconstructs the established truths about Attila and Hun history and builds it back up again in front of our eyes There are so many empty spaces and non seuiturs in the standard text that it takes a real expert one with imagination and flair to put this story together And he does a great Wikipedia U job drawing from personal experience deep research and also practical insights the guy in Hungary who taught himself how to be an archer how to ride a horse and then how to be an expert horseback archer which is fundamental to a revaluation of how effective Hun battle techniues were Notust the story of Attila not Cannibal Encounters just a mapping of the Huns but also a fresh eyed account of the collapse of the Roman Empire and ultimately food for thought for anyone contemplating the present world orderHugely entertaining very insightful I can t believe it took me so long to open this book John Man you always entertain us yet this time you fail usBoth contemporary chroniclers and the archeological record are too meagre to fill a book on Atilla so what do we get Fifty years of late Roman history that s a good context for Flavius Aetius A vivid reconstruction of what it s like to be on the receiving end of a Hun archery volley that s promising for his showdown at the Catalaunian Plains Man fails to deliver on the military history Also some of the filler is of uestionable rapport to the biographical sketch of Attila 1 I prize accessibility almost as much as scholarly accuracy in historical monographs Readers of my reviews have heard me rail time and time again against the turgidity of academic writing which renders even monumental works useless due to their failure to win an audience This is not a problem for Man whose background as a travel writer shines through He breaks every academic rule engaging in tangents and flights of fancy chasing rabbits down holes and building castles in the air injecting his opinion at every possible opportunity But it works because Man layers this over an impeccable command of Jordanes Marcellinus Procopius and the rest of the sources so that the reader winds up feeling like their in a conversation over a beer with a likable guy regarding Attila s life and impact instead of being lectured by yet another crusty old white dudeThere is precious little secondary scholarship in English a ton in Hungarian on Attila and I m thrilled that one of the few contributions to the field is something that everyone especially the academically uninitiated can enjoy The city s Bishop came to confront the advancing Huns and said I am Lupus a man of God At this Attila came up with a smart one liner in impeccable Latin Ego sum Attilla flagellum Dei I am Attila the Scourge of God pg 220I thought this was well researched and put together well The author did a goodob at telling the back story and explaining the archaeological cultural historical and folkloric dimensions attached to the mystiue of the Huns The author does a good ob of showing the link of the Huns from the pastoral nomadic people the Xiongnu also spelled Hsiung nu It is a real possibility the Huns came out of present day Mongolia migrated west out of the region because of warstensions with the Han Chinese pushed through the Dzungarian Gap across the steppes of Russia and settled somewhere north of the Black Sea the edge of the Roman world pg 59 The Huns were on the move westward away from the grasslands of Kazakhstan and the plains north of the Aral Sea wanderers who faced a choice between sinking into oblivion or climbing at new heights of conuest pg 71 The Huns would enter the region by 404 and Attila would establish his operating base out present day Hungary between 435 51 AD and further terrorize the Roman Empire The Hun advance sent shock waves as far as Jerusalem where Jerome concluded that God s punishment had descended again on the immoral Roman world in the form of savage tribes pg 115This book had a lot of information pertaining to the Huns and barbarians horsemanship the recurve bow and archery pastoral nomadism and much The book can go off into tangents with extra information but it all ties in nicely I would recommend this book because it was a fast read the readability was great and I honestly learned a great deal Thanks. A was coarse capricious arrogant ruthless and brilliant An illiterate and predatory tribal chief he had no interest in administration but was a wily politician who from his base in the grasslands of Hungary used secretaries and ambassadors to bring him intelligence on his enemies He was a leader whose uniue ualities made him supreme among tribal leaders but whose weaknesses ensured the collapse of his empire after his dea.
Ssary from his adversaries to give the Roman s surrender There were NONE The Roman army disbanded left without a trace so the H ns retreated to their camp and one division one tuman or t m ny 10000 warrior on horse with composite bows and warhammers secured the whole areaH ns had NEVER lost at Campus Mariacus catalaunum because next year in 452 they had stormed Auileia ruined the city its inhabitants escaped to the sea and founded Venice and accepted the surrender of the Pope of Roma So the H ns never stormed Rome nor destroyed itIn this way I think mr John Man is not ust a bad scientist of history and intentional betrayer but a LIAR and a traitor to Historybest wishes Atilla This work was disappointing I would have liked a lot information on Attila the man and person Most of the writing was of a war history during the time and not a true biography on Attila the manThe first 40% of the book is a three chapter historical introduction that doesn t even deal with Attila at all I understand the need for a brief history lesson to put things in perspective and to let the reader know how things and people came into place But 120 pages of Transformational and Charismatic Leadership just a 300 page book is ridiculous There is also an entire chapter that deals with a person currently living in Hungary who has mastered the art of the mounted archer on horseback that made Attila s warriors so successful But what does this have to do with AttilaAnd the last two chapters is an aftermath following Attila s deathFor a person with such a brutal reputation there is hardly any of that in this book And it is almost as though his legend as such a savage barbarian is misunderstoodCould have been much better than it was Hey there I am a historical non fiction about Attila the Hun I might seem like a good read for those military historical buffs who want to get an insight into the general who brought Rome to her knees but don t be fooled I will spend 400 pages talking about pretty much everything else except the person who is titled on this book Why do I do this Because there is not a lot of information on him Oh don t worry I am are going to talk a lot about the lack of information I will even dedicate an entire chapter about some dude in Hungary who has brought back horseback archery because I think that says a lot about AttilaParts of the book are decent in terms of Hun history including how the term was used to describe Germans in WW1 but that s about it I get it You got this great idea for a book about a Hun so you pitch ityep going to be about 400 pages and then you start researchingOh crapthere s not much on this guy What s an author to doIf you re John Man you fill it with lots of random crap Like since it was audio hours of discussion about this guy in modern day Hungary who taught himself how to shoot arrows from horseback including how he picked out the land and how Man s translator thought he was hot And how he made a sport out of it Or lots about random visits to townsOr Attila in folklore honestly 16 the bookWhat you don t do if you re John Man is admit you ve got less than 100 pages of actual material on Attila the Hun and 300 pages of mostly uninteresting filler that you re going to pad around the outsides I may be a little bitterPart of my frustration is this was an audiobook that I was listening to at the gym As amusing as having the strange girl next to you on the bike groaning OMIGOD JUST TALK ABOUT ATTILA AT SOME POINT IN THIS BOOK FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HUN HOLY it s possibly not the reaction the author was looking for You can t skim while listening You also can t throw a book across the room Or tear out page after page of description of the museum curators Not the museumsthe curatorsThe I think about this book the I hate it I m sure there is some great info in it but it s like eating a fatty bunch of ribs eventually youust send it back and tell them to bring you something else An absolutely awful book John Man manages to strains even the loosest definition as he asserts himself into the role Whereas most historians utilize things such as evidence sources and logic John Man instead uses conjecture speculation and Fiction I was left unsure if Man is either deceitful or oblivious He seems to completely misunderstand a host of sources the most egregious to me being the bizarre view he took away from the poem Waltharius this in conjunction with his penchant for ahistorical misuse of words left me amazed that this book was ever published On a purely historical level this book was poor I ust want to mention th. 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John Anthony Garnet Man is a British historian and travel writer His special interests are China Mongolia and the history of written communication He takes particular pleasure in combining historical narrative with personal experienceHe studied German and French at Keble College Oxford before doing two postgraduate courses a diploma in the History and Philosophy of Science at Oxford and Mon