April 2012, 323 pages
Attila is the embodiment of barbarian ferocity. The fear of the Other, the enemy who sweeps down over Europe, crystallized for centuries the image of Attila and the Huns, feeding imaginations with the wildest images of terror. At last, here is a work that simply and clearly distinguishes between truth and legend.
A historian and medievalist, herself Hungarian, Edina Bozoky specializes in the history of medieval legends and beliefs. She is a lecturer in medieval history at the Université de Poitiers and a member of the Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation Mediévales. She is also director of the “Medieval Culture and Society” collection at Editions Brepols. She has published several works, most recently Le Livre secret des Cathares, Interrogatio Iohannis (2009) and Le Moyen Âge miraculeux (2010).