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But, as they were a countless multitude, they could not stay in one place because of the scarcity of provisions, although they expected the Emperor to come with Isangeles in order that they might undertake the march to Nicaea in company with him. Consequently they split into two parties, the one travelling to Nicaea through Bithynia and Nicomedia, and the other crossing the sea to Cibotus, and arriving at the same place. After approaching Nicaea by these routes they apportioned its towers and the intervening curtains among themselves, as they intended to carry on the assault on the walls by regular succession so that mutual competition should cause the siege to be conducted very vigorously. The portion that fell to Isangeles they left untouched whilst they waited for his coming. At the same time the Emperor occupied Pelecanus because of his plans about Nima which I have already explained.

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The Alexiad is a history of the ruler of Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnena who presided over what is often referred to as the Comnenian Restoration in the late 11th and early 12th centuries. The book is composed of a preface of fifteen minor books. There is no one plot, but many, so listing the main events in each book is appropriate.

In the preface, Anna introduces herself and explains her rationale for writing the book. She defends her ability to be impartial. Book I explains how Alexius became general under the Emperor and explains the preparations for the Norman Invasion. Book IV begins the tale of the war against the Normans. It begins with Robert Guisard of the Normans attacking Dyrachium and Alexius barely escaping with his life. Book VI brings the War against Normans to an end. Alexius makes progress against the Turks, persecutes Manicheans, Robert Guiscard dies, and the Scythians prepare for war.

Book X sees the quashing of more heretics, a war against Cumans and the organization and launching of the First Crusade. Bohemund makes trouble over Antioch but Alexius defeats him. Alexius develops some health problems and uproots Manichean heretics. He makes peace with the Turks and builds an orphanage.

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The Alexiad

The Alexiad is a history of the ruler of Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnena who presided over what is often referred to as the Comnenian Restoration in the late 11th and early 12th centuries. The book is composed of a preface of fifteen minor books. There is no one plot, but many, so listing the main events in each book is appropriate. In the preface, Anna introduces herself and explains her rationale for writing the book. She defends her ability to be impartial. Book I explains how Alexius became general under the Emperor and explains the preparations for the Norman Invasion. Book IV begins the tale of the war against the Normans.

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She noted this status in the Alexiad, stating that that she was " born and bred in the purple. In his oration he said that she had to read ancient poetry, such as the Odyssey , in secret because her parents disapproved of its dealing with polytheism and other "dangerous exploits," which were considered "dangerous" for men and "excessively insidious" for women. Tornikes went on to say that Anna "braced the weakness of her soul" and studied the poetry "taking care not to be detected by her parents. Her father placed her in charge of a large hospital and orphanage that he built for her to administer in Constantinople. The hospital was said to hold beds for 10, patients and orphans.

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