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Anna Komnene : The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian (Hardcover) (Leonora Neville)
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Byzantine princess Anna Komnene is known for two things: plotting to murder her brother to usurp the throne, and writing theAlexiad, an epic history of her father Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118) that is a key historical source for the era of the First Crusade. Anna Komnene: the Life and Workof a Medieval Historian investigates the relationship between Anna's self-presentation in theAlexiad and the story of her bloodthirsty ambition. It begins by asking why women did not write history in Anna's society, what cultural rules Anna broke by doing so, and how Anna tried to respond to those challenges in her writing. Many of the idiosyncrasies and surprises of Anna's Alexiad are driven by her efforts to be perceived as both a good historian and a good woman. These new interpretations of Anna's authorial persona then spark a thorough re-thinking of the standard story which defines Anna's life by the failure of her supposed political ambitions. The second half of this work reviews the medieval sources with fresh eyes and re-establishes Anna's primary identity as an author and intellectual rather than as a failed conspirator.
Number of Pages: 240
Series Title: Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Leonora Neville
Street Date: September 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-2479
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