Theodosius had produced no male heir

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Theodosius had produced no male heir, so his daughter Pulcheria married Marcian, a senator and  retired officer from Thrace. Seen as unobjectionable by Constantinople elites, he was accepted as  Emperor in 450. Aware that Attila was planning a western expedition, one of Marcian's first acts  was to refuse the former's demand for more tribute. This was wildly popular, and the East was  spared further Hun depredations when Attila led his hordes to Western Roman lands. The  remainder of Marcian's rule (d. 457) was filled with religious disputes. Given his role as  protector and de facto manager of the Church in the East, the Emperor could not avoid  involvement. The dispute which erupted in the early 450s was similar to the Arianism controversy of the 300s  in that involved the nature of Christ and his relationship to the other parts of the Trinity. Back in  448 the cleric Eutyches had been accused of spreading the doctrine that Christ was 
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