The Alexiad

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Overview


A revised edition of a medieval masterpiece-the first narrative history written by a woman

Written between 1143 and 1153 by the daughter of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, The Alexiad is one of the most popular and revealing primary sources in the vast canon of medieval literature. Princess Anna Komnene, eldest child of the imperial couple, reveals the inner workings of the court, profiles its many extraordinary personages, and offers a firsthand account of immensely significant events such as the First Crusade, as well as its impact on the relationship between eastern and western Christianity. A celebrated triumph of Byzantine letters, this is an unparalleled view of the glorious Constantinople and the medieval world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140455274
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 411,002
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Komnene (1083-1156) was the eldest child of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos.

E.R.A. Sewter was a well-known Byzantine scholar.

Peter Frankopan is a senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and the author of a major monograph about Byzantium in the eleventh and twelfth centuries based on The Alexiad.

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Table of Contents


The Alexiad Acknowledgements
Introduction
Further Reading
Note on Translation and Transliteration
Maps
| The Alexiad
| Byzantine Rulers
Family Trees
Notes
Glossary
Index
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