Byzantinsk historie rundt det korstogstiden og innbyrdes intriger i Konstantinopel med korsfarerne. Boken er opprinnelig skrevet på Attisk Gresk. stempel fra en overrettsakfører i Laurvig. Hun nevner også de Nordiske ,norske og danske vikinger.
The text was written in a form of artificial and shows the Byzantine perception of the Crusades.
The Alexiad is divided into 15 books and a prologue; its scope is limited to the duration of Alexios' reign, which it is thus able to depict in full detail. Anna Komnene documents one of the most active periods in the , especially regarding political relations between the Byzantine Empire and western European powers. The Alexiad remains one of the few primary sources recording Byzantine reactions to both the Great Schism of 1054 and the First Crusade, as well as documenting first-hand the decline of Byzantine cultural influence in both eastern and western Europe.
According to Peter Frankopan, the content of the Alexiad falls into five main categories:
1. Attacks against the Byzantine empire by the Normans, under their leader (Books 1–6): Book 1
addresses Alexios' becoming general and . It also discusses the Normans' preparation for their invasion. Book 2
addresses the Komnenian revolt. Book 3
addresses Alexios as Emperor (1081), the internal problems with family, and the Normans' crossing the . Book 4
addresses war against the Normans (1081–1082). Book 5
also addresses war against the Normans (1082–1083), and their first clash with the "heretics". Book 6
addresses the end of war against the Normans (1085) and the death of Robert Guiscard.
2. Byzantine relations with the Turks (Books 6–7, 9–10, and 14–15): Book 7
addresses war against the Scythians (1087–1090). Book 9
addresses operations against and the Dalmatians (1092–1094), and the conspiracy of Nicephorus Diogenes (1094). Book 10
addresses war against the Cumans and the beginning of the (1094–1097). Book 14
addresses Turks, Franks, Cumans, and Manicheans (1108–1115). Book 15
addresses the last expeditions — The — Death of Alexios (1116–1118).
3. Pecheneg incursions on the northern Byzantine frontier (Books 7–8): Book 8
addresses the end of the Scythian war (1091) and plots against the Emperor.
4. The and Byzantine reactions to it (Books 10–11): Book 11
also addresses the First Crusade (1097–1104).
5. Attacks on Byzantine frontiers by 's son, (Books 11–13) Book 12
addresses domestic conflicts and the Norman preparation for their second invasion (1105–1107). Book 13
addresses Aaron's conspiracy and the second Norman invasion (1107–1108).
Although Anna Komnene explicitly states her intention to record true events, important issues of bias do exist. Throughout the Alexiad , emphasis on Alexios as a "specifically Christian emperor," morally, as well as politically laudable, is pervasive. Frankopan frequently compares Alexios' treatment in the text to the techniques of the tradition, while contrasting it with the generally negative portrait or outright absence of his successors John II and Manuel I. Anna discusses the Latins, ( and " "), considering them barbarians. This distaste extends to the Turks and . The Alexiad also criticizes for his accession to the throne (in place of Anna herself) following Alexios' death. From a modern reader's point of view, the inconsistencies in the descriptions of military events and the Empire's misfortunes – partially due to these literary and especially influences – may seem exaggerated and stereotypical. Despite these issues, nevertheless emphasizes the importance of the Alexiad as a primary document. General themes
The main theme of the Alexiad is the First Crusade, and religious conflict. Anna Komnene chronicles the different groups of people involved in the crusades, and refers to them as "Celts", "Latins", and "Normans". She also talks about her father, Alexios Komnenos in great detail, and his conquests throughout his rule from 1081–1118. She does this by presenting a "Byzantine view" of the Crusades. Some historians have noticed Greek mythology influences in her work, as stated by Lenora Neville: "the characterization of Alexios as wily sea captain steering the empire through constant storms with guile and courage strongly recalls Odysseus." Meget pene bøker.