By Leonora Neville

ISBN-10: 019049817X

ISBN-13: 9780190498177

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 historic resource for the period of the 1st Crusade. Anna Komnene: the existence 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 by way of asking why ladies didn't write background in Anna's society, what cultural ideas Anna broke through doing so, and the way Anna attempted to answer these demanding situations in her writing. the various idiosyncrasies and surprises of Anna's Alexiad are pushed by way of her efforts to be perceived as either a very good historian and a superb girl. those new interpretations of Anna's authorial personality then spark a radical re-thinking of the traditional tale which defines Anna's existence by means of the failure of her meant political objectives. the second one half 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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