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Author Kolovou, Ioulia, author.

Title Anna Komnene and the Alexiad : The Byzantine Princess and the First Crusade / Ioulia Kolovou.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Pen & Sword Books, [2020]


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Summary "Kolovou... rescues Anna from the talons of misogynist historians and places her where she belongs as an extraordinary, but very human, woman." -- Beating Tsundoku A woman of extraordinary education and intellect, Anna Komnene was the only Byzantine female historian and one of the first and foremost historians in medieval Europe. Yet few people know of her and her extraordinary story. Subsequent historians and scholars have skewed the picture of Anna as an intellectual princess and powerful author. She has been largely viewed as an angry, bitter old woman, who greedily wanted a throne that did not belong to her. After being exiled to a convent, she composed the Alexiad , the history of the First Crusade and the Byzantine Emperor, Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118), her father. This book aims to present Anna Komnene -- the fascinating woman, pioneer intellectual, and charismatic author -- to the general public. Drawing on the latest academic research to reconstruct Anna's life, personality and work, it moves away from the myth of Anna the conspirator and "power-hungry woman" which has been unfairly built around her over centuries of misrepresentation. It places Anna Komnene in the context of her own time: the ancient Greek colony and medieval Eastern Roman empire, known as Byzantium, with the magnificent city of Constantinople at its heart. At the forefront of an epic clash between East and West, this was a world renowned for its dazzling wealth, mystery and power games. This was a world with Anna Komnene directly at the center. "Well-written, well-researched, and an overall fascinating read... A brilliant addition to women's history." -- Where There's Ink There's Paper"-- Provided by Freading.
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Subject Comnena, Anna, 1083-
Comnena, Anna, 1083- Alexiad.
Historians -- Byzantine Empire -- Biography.
Women historians -- Byzantine Empire -- Biography.
Princesses -- Byzantine Empire -- Biography.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
ISBN 9781526733047 (pdf)
9781526733016 (print)
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