Charles L. Mee, Jr., is the author of a dozen books of history, on such subjects as the origins of the Cold War, summit diplomacy, and the American Constitutional Convention. He was for some years the editor-in-chief of Horizon, a magazine of history, literature, and the arts. In recent years, he has written several dozen plays, which have been produced in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Istanbul, and southern India, among other places around the world. Among his many honors, he has received the award for lifetime achievement in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The Pope Vs. Attila the Hunby Charles L. Mee Jr.
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When Pope Leo the Great rode out of Rome in 452 A.D. to meet Attila the Hun, he had no arms, no army, no armor, no bodyguards, no great retinue of ambassadors and advisers, advance men and area specialists. He went out only with a few fellow churchmen riding alongside him and a couple of lesser officials of the enfeebled and fading Roman Empire.
Attila came to the encounter at the head of a large, well-armed, battle-hardened army of Huns on horseback. The two men met because Attila and his followers, having plundered the northern Italian peninsula, were on their way south, with the apparent intention of sacking Rome. Leo's task was to persuade Attila not to plunder and burn the center of Western civilization.
Here, in this short-form book by award-winning author Charles L. Mee, Jr., is surprising story of that fateful encounter and its aftermath.
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