Huns (Barbarians!) by Kathryn Hinds

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Rumors would soon A medieval arise that Ildico had stabbed him, or that he was poisoned, and that German image of Attila’s death Aetius may have been responsible for plotting his death. Historians still argue about whether or not Attila was murdered. But Attila’s own people seemed to accept that his death was from natural causes. Here is Jordanes’s description of the funeral: His body was placed in the midst of a plain and lay in state in a silken tent. . The best horsemen of the entire tribe of the Huns rode around in circles .

Similarly, Attila’s lieutenant Edeco seems to have achieved a prominent position among Attila’s Germanic former subjects. It was Odovacar, son of Edeco, who deposed Romulus Augustulus in 476. He became the first barbarian king of Rome, perhaps in a way fulfilling Attila’s dream at last.

The trunk is vaulted, and the bones are strong, and the leanness of the horses is striking. But one forgets the ugly appearance of these horses as this is set off by their fine qualities: their sober nature, cleverness and their ability to endure any injuries very well. The Huns’ bows were equally special. Like other Central Asian nomads, the Huns used what is called a composite recurve bow. The “composite” part means that the bow was made of a combination of materials—wood, sinew, and horn or bone—layered in sections or thin strips and glued together.

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