The year is 447 AD. Attila has just acquired solitary kingship of the Hunnic empire. He is now Attila, the King of Huns. His only goal is world dominance and he will not stop. In his way are the paltry Romans and the Goths.

Atilla the King of the Huns and the Huns at the Battle of Chalons
The Huns at the Battle of Chalons

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The Battle of Utus

The sound of hooves trampling the ground beneath is growing closer. The year is 447 AD. Attila, the king of Huns is riding east, deep into the heart of the eastern roman empire. Later on, known as the Byzantine empire. The Byzantine troops are formidable warriors. They comprise the joint field armies of Thrace and Illyricum.

The two meet at the Vit river. The Roman infantry and cavalry against the Hun horse archers. The Huns make quick work of the Roman forces. They march onto Constantinople.

At Constantinople, they face the double-walled city cage. In it is a persistent garrison of Roman soldiers. Constantinople by the grace of the Isaurian troops is safe. Having announced his arrival, Attila the king of Huns waits for the Romans to make their move.

Attila The King of Huns- A Barbarian Betrothal

The year is 450 AD. Attila has by now cultivated a constructive friendship. Emperor Valentinian the third, of the western Roman empire, is a good associate.

He receives a letter from the Emperor’s sister -Honoria. She encases her engagement ring and a plea for help in the letter. Attila interprets this as a marriage proposal. He demands half of the western roman empire in dowry.

Valentian soon discovers this plan and exiles Honoria. He writes to Attila claiming it is all a misunderstanding. Attila shuns this aside. He sends an emissary to Ravenna. HE WILL CLAIM WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY HIS.

Honoria sent Attila the king of huns a plea for help.
Solidus of Honoria 

The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains

Attila gathers all his vassals. He begins his march west. On April 7, he captures the city of Metz. The Visigothic king. Theodoric I, ally with the Romans. The combined armies reach the city of Orleans ahead of Attila. The two armies meet in the Catalaunian fields.

Map showing path taken by Atilla - the king of Huns ravaging through the province of Gaul.
The path taken by Attila and his forces ravaging through the roman province of Gaul.

The diviners examine the entrails of a sacrifice. They predict that disaster will fall on the Huns. They also predict, that one of the enemy leaders will fall.

As the day fades Theodoric I dies fighting. Thorisund the son of Theodoric, searches for his father. Attila retreats having suffered heavily. The battle is most beneficial to the Romans. Theodoric is dead. Attila is in retreat and disarray. The Romans have once again managed to save their skins.

Imagined portrayal of Theodoric by Félix Costello in 1635.

But does this mean this is the end? Is the story of Attila the king of Huns done? Not even close. He will be back to accomplish his biggest feat yet, The Fall of Rome.