Anna’s Traits How would the Byzantine empire be today if Anna Comnena, a princess born to inherit the throne but died in a nunnery due to a failed attempt of murder, actually inherited the throne? Anna of Byzantium is a novel written by Tracy Barrett in 1998. It is a historical fiction book telling of Anna Comnena, a Byzantine princess and the events that happened to her in her lifetime. Anna Comnena, the ambitious heir the throne of the Roman Empire, was a well educated, arrogant, and vengeful person. Anna Comnena was a well educated person in many ways.
Perhaps one of the most influential leaders in Russian history, Catherine the great’s 34 year long reign was characterized by her incredible foresight and transformational leadership which modernized Russia. Despite being of German descent, Catherine was able to assume supreme power as empress of Russia by winning the support of her subjects. During her reign, Russia was transformed from a remote, underpopulated land with poor education, and little patronage for the arts to a political superpower. Immediately upon arriving in Russia, Catherine began learning Russian so that she could better pursue her dream of expanding the Russian empire. In order to do this, she attempted several reforms to support education, and extended the political rights of poor people.
One must wonder how famous a person must be to have an era named after them. The Elizabethan Age was named after Queen Elizabeth who reigned from 1558-1603. Elizabeth I became the role model for all the women around her. As one of the first female monarchs of England, she changed how both men and women viewed women’s roles during medieval times. Elizabeth I proved that she was a strong, intelligent leader whose appearance, education, and decisions all led up to the legacy she left behind and the immense impact she had on future queens.
Nationalism was a very profound in the beginning of the 20th century in Europe. This nationalism fueled many exaggerated reports on the state of rival countries. Due to these nationalist reports it can make a nation become alienated and wrongly dislike other countries. Nationalism in Europe assured its citizens that a war against them would mean total victory, which contributed to the rallying support of the European populous. These victorious militaristic ideas were fuelled by the fact that in the 19th century Europe had not had any large scale military defeat during most of the century.
She is comparable in strength to even English kings before her. Inspiring faith in her competence as a leader. “...in the midst and heat of battle...” She acknowledges the reality of the situation they are about to dive headfirst into. The war was not going to be any simple task. She understands that.
She also believed in the policies of Westernization, causing her to modernize Russia. However, during her reign Cathrine faced many challenges. For example, in her first years of reign, she was afraid someone would overthrow her and take her place, since her son, Paul, was the rightful heir. Moreover, she had to endure several revolts. The most known revolt was led by a rebel leader who claimed
Although most absolute monarchs are looked on as 'bad rulers', Catherine the Great initiated many improvements that helped Russia. She modernized Russia, and made it a great European power. She also launched ameliorations in agriculture and learning. Not to mention that she was the longest running female ruler in the history of Russia. William and Mary were
Specifically, she must go to the King’s representative in the nearest large town, Vaucouleurs…” (Carroll 517). Joan of Arc’s voices would change the history of the Middle Ages and eventually make Joan of Arc a saint. Joan of Arc's ideas encouraged people to look at France as a country and not just a cluster of provinces; this was a start to nationalism. People started looking more to the King for leadership, and feudalism was destroyed. However, while she was a hero to the French, Joan of Arc was nothing but insurgent to the English.
Women who got treated with injustice achieved in political life. Tragedies happened more during the war than after. An example of that is that another war called the Battle of Verdun happened. The two sides had to sign a treaty to stop the war because it went too far. That war and the treaty reshaped the complete part of what we call today the Middle East.
It is clear that there is a prominent struggle in the balance of power between the monarch and the subject that is represented in the two early modern texts Edward II by the playwright Christopher Marlowe and the poem The dowbt of future foes exiles my present joye by Queen Elizabeth. Each monarch of each text is losing support from their once loyal followers and subjects by intertwining public responsibility and personal desire. In this essay I will use these texts to demonstrate each monarch’s power struggles as a result of their subjects. I will also use secondary sources of criticism to confirm the points that are made in this essay. Firstly, I will analyse the poem The dowbt of future foes exile my present joye by Queen Elizabeth in relation to the balance of power between the monarch and the subjects.