Chapter 5, Incursions of Northern Barbarians

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National and Domestic History of England, Magna Charta, writen by W.H.S. Aubrey in 1869.

Chapter 5, 296 AD to 410 AD – Decline of the Roman Power

The work of disintegration went rapidly forward, one province after another was lost; the northern barbarians became bolder in their incursions and of these one of the most feared was Alaric the Goth who ravaged Italy, and threatened Rome itself. These foreign attacks were aided by internal strife, and particularly by military appointments and depositions of emperors in distant provinces, among which the legions in Britain were prominent, several obscure soldiers being thus elevated and dethroned within a period of a few months. Such events occurring at the extremities of the empire were signs of feebleness and decay at its heart, as has been so graphically described by Gibbon in “The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire.” Nor had the treatment of conquered nations and of added provinces been such as to attach them to Read More >>>

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