Attila

d.453. King of the Huns. From victories in the East his hordes swept westward, were checked in Gaul (451), but in 452 invaded Italy and were halted only when Pope Leo I somehow convinced Attila of the wisdom of remaining beyond the Danube. There was no persecution of Christianity as such-the invaders were not without religion, and Attila himself is said to have besought the prayers of Lupus, bishop of Troyes-but the invasions erased or eroded the Christian presence in a large area of central Europe. In Latin Christendom, tales of Attila's ferocity grew, prompting the description “the Scourge of God.”