The Alexiad

Author(s): Anna Comnena


This is a revised edition of Anna Komnene's "Alexiad", to replace our existing 1969 edition. This is the first European narrative history written by a woman - an account of the reign of a Byzantine emperor through the eyes and words of his daughter which offers an unparalleled view of the Byzantine world in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.


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Anna Komnene (1083-1156) was the eldest child of the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos. She is best known as the author of The Alexiad - written between 1143-53, it is the first major history written by a woman. Dr Peter Frankopan is a Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford. He has just completed a major monograph for CUP about Byzantium in the 11th and 12th century based on the Alexiad.

General Fields

  • : 9780140455274
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Classics
  • : July 2009
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anna Comnena
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 949.503
  • : 592
  • : European history: c 500 to c 1500
  • : illustrations