Hun: Scourge of God AD 375-565

Hun: Scourge of God AD 375-565

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By (author) Nic Fields, Illustrated by Christa Hook

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 244mm x 6mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 28 November 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1846030250
  • ISBN 13: 9781846030253
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 450,675

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The Huns were the most feared barbarians of the Ancient world, known to their Roman enemies as the 'scourge of god'. Superb horsemen and excellent archers, they fought with a reflex composite-bow that could penetrate armour at 100 metres. In battle they would rush into the fray with surprising speed and apparent chaos, maintaining an incessant barrage until the enemy was sufficiently weakened; thus their very name came to epitomise swift, merciless destruction. This book explores the rise of the Huns and their development in terms of equipment, tactics and society, from their first attacks on the Goths to the death of the Emperor Justinian, including the great battle of Chalons and the reign of Attila.

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Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines for seven years. Having left the Navy he went back to University and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School of Archaeology, Athens, and is now a lecturer in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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"I think you will be equally impressed by the quality of this edition and should learn a considerable amount about these little-known peoples. It is a book I heartily recommend." -Scott Van Aken, "modelingmadness.com"