Download e-book for iPad: Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian by Leonora Neville

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 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 girls didn't write background in Anna's society, what cultural ideas Anna broke through doing so, and the way Anna attempted to reply to these demanding situations in her writing. a few of the idiosyncrasies and surprises of Anna's Alexiad are pushed by means of her efforts to be perceived as either an excellent historian and a superb girl. 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 goals. the second one half this paintings experiences the medieval resources with clean eyes and re-establishes Anna's basic id as an writer and highbrow instead of as a failed conspirator.

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