Honorius -...

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Honorius' death increased mounting chaos. He had no direct heir, and Eastern Emperor  Theodosius II sent an army to fight against a claimant drawing military support from Hunnic  mercenaries. Theodosius was able to install Valentinian III (425) on the Western throne. A youth,  Valentinian's mother ruled through him; both he and his mother depended on Aetius, the Master  of Soldiers in Gaul, of Balkan-Germanic origin. Having lived as an Eastern Roman hostage to  the Huns, Aetius was on good terms with them, recruiting them to his forces. As assistant chief  of staff of Roman forces in 429, he defeated Burgundians, settling them in Savoy, and restrained  the Alans to the Loire Valley. By 433, he was able by murder and pressure to become Master of  Soldiers for the entire Western Empire. He focused only on retaining Gaul and Italy. Imperial  armies no longer were seen in Spain, British requests went unanswered, and the southern  Mediterranean was not guarded. 
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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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