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

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 through asking why ladies didn't write heritage in Anna's society, what cultural principles Anna broke by means of doing so, and the way Anna attempted to answer these demanding situations in her writing. a few of the idiosyncrasies and surprises of Anna's Alexiad are pushed through her efforts to be perceived as either an excellent historian and a great lady. those new interpretations of Anna's authorial personality then spark an intensive re-thinking of the normal tale which defines Anna's lifestyles by way of the failure of her meant political goals. the second one 1/2 this paintings studies 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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