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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 may 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 through asking why girls 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. a number of the idiosyncrasies and surprises of Anna's Alexiad are pushed by means of her efforts to be perceived as either a superb historian and an exceptional 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 meant political objectives. the second one 1/2 this paintings stories the medieval resources with clean eyes and re-establishes Anna's fundamental identification as an writer and highbrow instead of as a failed conspirator.

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