The first child of Emperor Alexius’ nine children, Anna, was born in the imperial palace in Constantinople. Anna was an extremely bright child and would put her superior education to good use as a historian and writer. Much of what we know about the life and times of Byzantium as well as much about the First Crusade, we know from her writings.
Anna had expectation to succeed to her father’s throne through her betrothal to
Constantine Ducas, who was designated to become emperor, until her younger brother John became heir apparent. She spent many years scheming to ascend the throne, without success. Eventually Anna was exiled by her very able brother John, as a result of her participation in a plot to unseat him. The exact date of her death is unknown but thought to have been 1153 while in exile.
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