The Huns

Barbarian Tribe

Arrival Of The Huns

In 376 A.D. the barbarians Huns north of the Danube turned to their civilized rival, the Romans, and begged for protection. For a far more barbaric tribe was coming. Perhaps no other people have struck greater fear in the west than the Huns. In the end of the fourth century the Huns seemed to have materialized out of nowhere and crushed they way into the Hungarian plains. From there they extended their domains south of the Danube River, into Gaul and then northern Italy, leaving a trail of destruction and terror wherever they went.

Atilla The Leader

The first thing in Attila's mind was to force the militarily weakened Eastern Roman Empire to recognize the superiority of his Huns. This he did in the treaty of Margus, which the Romans were forced to sign. The treaty dealt with Hun merchants' rights, military alliance conducts, the return of Hun fugitives (that had sought refugee in the Romans), and a tribute of 700 pounds of gold that must be paid each year.

Who They Invaded

While the Huns were fighting the Eastern Roman Empire, they had, for the most part, had good terms with the Western Roman Empire. The relation had been kept because of the presence of Aetius in the West, a long time friend of the Huns ever since Attila's uncle Rua was in power. However, the relationship between the two powers started tumbling downhill. In 450, Attila decided he would bring the west into submission, much like what he did to the East. He planned to undertake a campaign that would destroy the irritating Visigoths in Gaul, and then to conquer the Western Roman Empire. But shortly after he made the decision to invade, news was received from Constantinople that the Emperor Theodosius had died, and the annual tribute from Constantinople will be terminated under his successor, Marcian. Not allowing himself to be torn between choices, Attila decided without hesitantation to invade the West.

List Of Kings

Balamber (240 AD-?)
Uldin (390-411 AD)
Donatus (? -412 AD)
Charato (411 AD-?)
Octar (? - 431 AD) - Shared power with Rua (?)
Rua (? - 434 AD) - Sole ruler in 432
Bleda (434- 445 AD) Dual kingship with Attila
Attila (434-453 AD)
Ellac (453-455 AD)
Dengizik (?-469 AD)
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