Feeling he no longer needed Aetius and resenting his closeness to the Huns

Feeling he no longer needed Aetius and resenting his closeness to the Huns

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Feeling he no longer needed Aetius and resenting his closeness to the Huns, Valentinian III had  his Master of Soldiers killed. Valentinian himself was murdered in 455 by Barbarians of Aetius'  retinue. That same year, the North African Vandal leader Gaiseric sent a pirate fleet up the Tiber  River, sacking Rome and plundering it heavily for fourteen days. The next twenty-one years were  the practical end of the Roman state, and saw a series Germanic generals who controlled puppet  Western Emperors, and through those Emperors cared only for Italy and, at times, North Africa.  One Ricimer, of Visigothic and Suevian origin, defeated the Vandals at sea in 456. In 460 he and  his emperor Marjorian set out to regain Africa, but the imperial fleet was decimated. In 461,  another puppet Emperor of Ricimer's (he had discarded Marjorian) was not recognized by Gaulic  Roman forces, so areas north of the Loire slipped from Italian control. Ricimer began to favor  rapprochement with the Vandals rather than war, and succeeded in this endeavour by installing as 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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Feeling he no longer needed Aetius and resenting his closeness to the Huns

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