Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian - download pdf or read online

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 could be a key historic 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 by means of asking why ladies didn't write background in Anna's society, what cultural ideas Anna broke by means 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 through her efforts to be perceived as either an outstanding historian and a superb lady. those new interpretations of Anna's authorial personality then spark an intensive re-thinking of the traditional tale which defines Anna's existence via the failure of her meant political goals. the second one 1/2 this paintings reports the medieval resources 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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