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The Alexiad of Anna Comnena Characters & Character Analysis

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Emperor Alexius Comnena

Alexius I Comnena (sometimes written as Alexios I Komnenos) was the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 1081 to 1118 and lived from 1048 to 1118. He created the Comnenian Dynasty and restored much of the Byzantine Empire's lost glory since the time of Constantine the Great.

The story is about Alexius's rule. It covers his family's revolt against the previous emperor and Alexius's coming to power. Once in power he faced innumerable threats, particularly from the Normans, lead by Robert Guisard, and the Seljuk Turks led by many leaders, including Sultan Corosan. Alexius discovered many plots against him and quashed conspiracies every few books, some of which were led against him by his friends. He survived them all. He also had to fight against heretics and he was merciless in his treatment of them. He crushed the Paulicians, Manicheans and the Bogomils during his lifetime. He burned Basil...

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