The Alexiad

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Penguin Books, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 560 pages
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The daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I, Anna Comnena (1083-1153) wrote this work as an account of her father's reign. Although biased in favour of Alexius, the book yields important insights into his rule and provides a picture of the first crusade from a different perspective.

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Review: The Alexiad of Anna Comnena

User Review  - Suzannah - Goodreads

What would Byzantine history be like if it was written by a sour and snippily self-conscious Victorian governess? Thanks to Anna Comnena, we don't have to wonder. Full review to come. Read full review

Review: The Alexiad of Anna Comnena

User Review  - Beth Hocking - Goodreads

For a primary source from 1148 this is immensely readable. Sometimes it bogs down in names and dates, but its point of view is very interesting and the author's voice is clear and clever. I especially enjoyed some of the little asides. Read full review

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Anna Comnena (1083-1153) was the daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I.

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