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Warriors of the dark ages
Laing, Jennifer, 1948-
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Stroud : Sutton, 2000.
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xiii, 178 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
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Examines the barbarians from Europe and beyond who harassed, eroded and eventually caused the disintegration of the Roman Empire, including the Huns, Mongolian horsemen who swept into Europe to form a short-lived empire from the Urals to the Rhine; the Visigoths, or western Goths, who sacked Rome in 410 and ruled Spain from Toledo until the Moorish conquest in 711; the Ostrogoths, or eastern Goths, who ruled Italy from 493 until the Emperor Justinian drove them out in 534; the Franks, a group of Germanic tribes who came to rule France under the Merovingians; and the Vandals, fierce Arian Christians who invaded Gaul and Spain around 400 and sacked Rome in 455.

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The so-called barbarian nations and tribes who contributed to the eventual fall of the Roman Empire provide the subject material for the first title in the Warriors of Europe trilogy. Beginning in the fourth century A.D., diverse groups of raiders attacked and plundered the Roman Empire with varying degrees of success. Although the Visigoths, Huns, Ostrogoths, Vandals, Franks, and Saxons all earned historical reputations as savage marauders, scant attention has been paid to the "events which led to their reputations for mindless violence and destruction." The authors argue that the type of social, environmental, economic, and political exclusion practiced by the Romans left these warrior groups with little choice but to attempt to pillage and destroy the empire, sowing the seeds of modern Europe in their wake. A lively, illuminating discussion of the brutal transition period between antiquity and the Middle Ages. --Margaret Flanagan