Anna Comnena (1083-1148) Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein Anna Comnena was one of the few women writers of the Middle Ages, and the author of The Alexiad. Anna was the daughter of Emperor Alexius, who ruled Constantinople before, during, and after the first Crusade. Anna wrote about her father, thus becoming the first female historian. In addition, she was the administrator of a 10,000-bed hospital/orphanage that the emperor built to take care of the thousands of armed troops, unarmed pilgrims, and freelance fanatics who ended up injured in Constantinople as a result of the First Crusade in 1096. She also was the first to write on psychosomatic diseases. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily