Attila the Hun (406-453)

 

Attila the Hun (Library of Congress)

Attila the Hun (Library of Congress)

The Huns under Attila’s reign were from the far north of the Caucasus in Hungary and Dagestan in Eastern Europe, and were known for destroying anything and anyone who stood in the way of conquest. Attila’s army, estimated to reach as high as 700,000, had a well-deserved reputation for cruelty, and sacked and burned some of the greatest cities of Europe. Part of this nomadic king’s success came from the fact that, unlike the barbarians of his day, his cavalry and infantry were capable of conducting siege operations.

Attila died on his seventh wedding night from a nosebleed. Some believe he was actually murdered by his new bride.