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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 heritage 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 off through asking why ladies didn't write historical past in Anna's society, what cultural principles Anna broke by way of 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 an excellent historian and an excellent girl. those new interpretations of Anna's authorial character then spark a radical re-thinking of the normal tale which defines Anna's existence via the failure of her meant political targets. 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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