The Crusades: Bohemond

2/16/2008
Bohemond is quite a colorful character. Anna Comnena’s descriptions of him are especially fascinating. He is a long time enemy of the Empire and is often and predictably described as traitorous and rebellious and compared to acrid smoke and locusts. Yet you can tell she is drawn in by his charisma and cleverness. In many ways his is the Norman counterpart to her father Alexius. The two have many similarities in her narrative.

Her description of Bohemond escape, when he returned to Italy in 1105 for more money and troops to reinforce his position in Antioch, is quite hilarious. I especially like the part about the dead rooster. It is in section XII, the last section of Chapter XI and begins “Bohemund was now getting alarmed by the Emperor’s threats and had no means of protecting himself…”

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/annacomnena-alexiad11.html

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~ by severalfourmany on February 16, 2008.

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