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Alexiad
The Alexiad (original Greek title: Ἀλεξιάς, Alexias) is a medieval historical and biographical text written around the year 1148 by the Byzantine historian and princess Anna Komnene, daughter of Emperor Alexius I.

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Alexiad
The 12th century account of the Byzantine princess Anna Comnena, wherein the earliest reliable reference to tourney-like games is found. The following quotation is from a French Crusader heard at court to say:

"I am a pure Frank and of noble birth. One thing I know: at a crossroads in the country where I was born in an ancient shrine; to this anyone who wishes to engage in single combat goes, prepared to fight; there he prays to God for help and he stays awaiting the man who will dare to answer his challenge. At that crossroads have I often spent time, waiting and longing for the man who would fight, but there was never a one who dared."


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