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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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

I have a better opinion of this source than Edward Gibbon, who was just not fond of Byzantine Literary culture. Anna was a child of the emperor Alexius Comnenus who re-organized the empire after the ... Read full review

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User Review  - paperloverevolution - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the undercurrent of gleeful malice and all of the lurid eye-gouging, but I didn't understand why everyone seemed to have the same name, why they had all married each other's cousins, and why ... Read full review

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

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