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Chronicles of the Barbarians: Firsthand Accounts of Pillage and Conquest, from the Ancient World to the Fall of Constantinople

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This compilation of primary sources presents dozens of striking accounts of the exotic customs and fierce deeds of those considered barbarians by eyewitness writers from throughout history. These authors, mostly near-contemporaries of the events they describe, range from classical historians like Herodotus and Tacitus, to generals, ambassadors, and ordinary soldiers. In often colorful prose, they describe the exploits of legendary warriors such as Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane (reputed to erect ...
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This compilation of primary sources presents dozens of striking accounts of the exotic customs and fierce deeds of those considered barbarians by eyewitness writers from throughout history. These authors, mostly near-contemporaries of the events they describe, range from classical historians like Herodotus and Tacitus, to generals, ambassadors, and ordinary soldiers. In often colorful prose, they describe the exploits of legendary warriors such as Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane (reputed to erect pyramids of skulls before the gates of captured cities), along with Viking raids, Mongol invasions, epic battles, and general depravity.
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Novelist and anthologist McCullough brings together firsthand accounts of barbarian invaders from Herodotus (d. 424 B.C.E.) to the fall of Constantinople (1553) for general readers. Common fears color these accounts, which stretch across a millennium and a half and span two continents. Scythians, Huns, Vandals, Mongols, Turks--all were seen through the same lenses of fear, ignorance, and bias. The Irish were lazy, the Vandals treacherous, the Tartars relentless in vengeance. The Vikings "everyday wash their faces and heads in the dirtiest and filthiest fashion possible: a girl servant brings a great basin of water to her master; he washes his hands and his face and his hair; then he blows his nose and spits into the basin. When he has finished, the servant carries the basin to the next person. Each blows his nose, spits, and washes face and hair in it." History buffs will enjoy this attractive and lively anthology.--David Keymer, California State Univ., Stanislaus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812930825
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/20/1998
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Barbarian Chronology
I Barbarians on the Landscape 1
from Geography, A.D. 24
II The Greeks' Barbarians 15
"Scythians and Thracians," 424 B.C.
III Rome Encounters the Celts 25
"Romans and Celts Battle in Umbria," ca. 390 B.C.
"The Celts Enter Rome," ca. 390 B.C.
"The Early Celtic - Roman Wars," 225 B.C.
IV Gaul 49
"On the Gauls," 58 B.C.
"On the People and Customs of Gaul," ca. 50 B.C.
"Border Battles," 55 B.C.
V Germany 71
"On the Germans," 55 B.C.
Germania, A.D. 98
VI Britain 99
"The First Invasion of Britain," 55 B.C.
"The People and Customs of Britain," ca. 50 B.C.
"A Battle Between Romans and Caledonians in Southern Scotland," ca. A.D. 80
VII The Goths Turn South to Rome 119
"The Gothic Invasion and the Battle of Hadrianople," A.D. 378
"Alaric Sacks Rome," A.D. 410
"The Death and Funeral of Alaric"
VIII The Huns 149
"The Huns," ca. A.D. 400
"Negotiating and Dining with Attila," A.D. 449
"A Goth's Biography of Attila," A.D. 551
IX The Vandals 179
from The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
X The Vikings 207
"The Battle of Maldon," 991
"Viking Raids," from The Annals of St. Bertin, 843-859
"Viking Raids," from The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, 994-1016
"A Viking Funeral," 922
"The Beastly Eruli," ca. 560
XI Ireland 233
"The Customs of the Irish," 1185
"Bricriu's Feast and the War of Words of the Women of Ulster," from Cuchulain of Muirthemne, 12th Century
XII Genghis Khan 251
from The History of the World Conqueror, 1260
"Some Incidents During Genghis's War with the Tatars," from The Secret History of the Mongols, 13th Century
XIII Mongols and Tartars 269
from The Tartar Relation, 1247
From The Chronicle of Novgorod, 1224-1259
from Chronicles, 1240-1243
XIV Tamerlane 299
from The Life of Timur, 15th Century
from Travels and Bondage, ca. 1430
XV The Crusades: Infidel Against Infidel 321
"Pope Urban II Calls for a Crusade," 1095
"The Capture of Jerusalem," 1099
"Encounters with Crusaders in Syria," ca. 1150
"The Fall of Constantinople," 1453
Epilogue 375
"At the Gates of Hadrianople," 1453
Sources 379
Selected Bibliography of Secondary Sources 383
Index 385
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