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 ComnenaUser 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
Review: The Alexiad of Anna ComnenaUser Review - Bryn Hammond - Goodreads
I fell in love with Turks here, and possibly with history. I came to this young, a lucky chance. Read full review