The history of the reign of the emperor Charles V Volume 1

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1787 edition. Excerpt: ...in war and dangers. He who falls in battle is reckoned happy They who die of old age or of difeafe are deemed infamous. They boaft, with the utmoft exultation, of the number of enemies whom they have flain, and, as the moft glorious of all ornamentSj they faften the fcalps of thofe who have fallen by their hands to the trappings of their horfes." Am mian. Marc. lib. xxxi. p. 477. edit. Gronov. Lugd. 1693.--Their incurfions into the empire began in the fourth century; and the Romans, though no ftrangersj by that time, to the effedts of barbarous rage, were aftonifhed at the cruelty of their devaftations. Thrace, Pannonia, and Illyricum, were the countries which they firft laid defolate. As they had at firft no intention of fettling in Europe, they made only inroads of fliort continuance into the empire, but thefe were frequent, and Procopius computes that in each of thefe, at a medium, two hundred thoufand per-fons perifhed, or were carried off as flaves. Pro-cop. Hift. Arcan. ap. Byz. Script, vol. i. 316. Thrace, the bed cultivated province in that quarter of the empire, was converted into a defert, and, when Prifcus accompanied the ambafiadors fent to Attila, there were no inhabitants in fome of the cities, but a few miferable people who had taken fhelter among the ruins of the churches; Vol. I. R and and the fields were covered with the bones of thofe who had fallen by the fword. Prifcus ap. Byz. Script, vol. i. 34. Attila became king of the Huns, A. D. 434. He is one of the greateft and inoft enterprizing conquerors mentioned in hiftory. He extended his empire over all the vaft countries comprehended under the general names of Scythia and Germany in the ancient divifion of the world. While he was carrying on his wars againft the barbarous...

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