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New PDF release: Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

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 historical past 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 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 girls didn't write historical past in Anna's society, what cultural principles 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 an excellent historian and an excellent lady. those new interpretations of Anna's authorial personality then spark a radical re-thinking of the traditional tale which defines Anna's lifestyles via 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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