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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 ancient 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 by means of asking why ladies didn't write background in Anna's society, what cultural ideas Anna broke via 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 through her efforts to be perceived as either a great historian and a very good girl. those new interpretations of Anna's authorial personality then spark an intensive re-thinking of the normal tale which defines Anna's existence through the failure of her intended political targets. the second one half this paintings stories 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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