Marcian was saved from destruction by the Western Emperor Valentinian III

Marcian was saved from destruction by the Western Emperor Valentinian III

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Marcian was saved from destruction by the Western Emperor Valentinian III's daughter, Honoria.  Rejecting her father's command to marry an aged senator, she requested Attila's protection.  Reading this as a marriage proposal, in 451 he came West for his bride, demanding a dowry of  the western half of the Empire. Aetius, who had heretofore relied on Huns to rein in Germans,  was forced to change course and turn to Germanic tribes for soldiers. Equally terrified of the  Huns as were the Romans, the Franks, Burgundians, Alans, and Visigoths supplied him with  troops. In 451, at the Battle of Catalaunian Plains, Aetius and Theodoric (who died during the  battle) defeated Attila. Visigoths played the main part, while Roman regulars were nearly absent.  Attila returned the next year, crossing totally undefended eastern Alpine passes into the Po Valley  and Northern Italy. Aetius was unable to recruit Germans, as the region was of no concern to  them. Plundering a prosperous region, Attila withdrew without proceeding to Rome. It may be, 
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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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