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By Leonora Neville

Byzantine princess Anna Komnene is understood for 2 issues: plotting to homicide her brother to usurp the throne, and writing the Alexiad, an epic background of her father Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118) that could be a key old resource for the period of the 1st Crusade. Anna Komnene: the lifestyles and paintings of a Medieval Historian investigates the connection among Anna's self-presentation within the Alexiad and the tale of her bloodthirsty ambition. It starts off via asking why girls didn't write heritage in Anna's society, what cultural principles Anna broke through doing so, and the way Anna attempted to reply to these demanding situations in her writing. a few of the idiosyncrasies and surprises of Anna's Alexiad are pushed by way of her efforts to be perceived as either a very good historian and an outstanding girl. those new interpretations of Anna's authorial personality then spark a radical re-thinking of the traditional tale which defines Anna's lifestyles by way of the failure of her intended political objectives. the second one 1/2 this paintings reports the medieval assets with clean eyes and re-establishes Anna's fundamental id as an writer and highbrow instead of as a failed conspirator.

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Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian (Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture) by Leonora Neville

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