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Attila the Hun Attila the Hun had a very complex life since the moment he was born Attila was probably from an Asiatic tribe that the Chinese called Huing-nu also meaning common slaves He was from a royal bloodline that provided leaders for the Huns therefore Attila became a leader His family believed in the healing prophetic and visionary powers of their shamans Shortly after the death of his father King Mundzuk Attila was sent to live with his uncle King Rugila King Rugila sent him as a child hostage to the court of Honorius Emperor of the Western Roman Empire at Ravenna Attilas experience at the court of Honorius gave him experience with the Huns which influenced the way he would lead his respective nation as an adult After Attilas departure from Ravenna he traveled among the tribes of Huns for 20 years persuading fiercely independent chieftains to support his plan for a great conquest by a new Hunnic confederacy In 434 AD the Huns had gained enormous power under Attila and his brother Bleda Together the brothers negotiated a treaty with Theodosius II that required the eastern Roman Empire to pay the Huns a huge tribute of gold in return for peace It is believed that Attila murdered Bleda around 445 AD When Attila was soul ruler of the Huns he had a vision for their future which suggested world governance secured by his mighty army The army would be trained according to the Roman model Attila was known among Germanic tribes as Etzel He established his capital city Etzelnbuag in Pannonia Attila destroyed many cities and people For instance he defeated the Visogoths the Franks and the Burgundians Who took any of the survivors from these tribes and made them fight for him In 451 AD Attila and his horde of many people and tribes crossed the Rhine and swept into Gaul to destroy a number
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