(1083-1153 CE. She was the daughter of Emperor Alexios Komnenos of the Byzantine Empire)
“Full of enthusiasm and ardour they thronged every highway, and with these warriors came a host of civilians, outnumbering the sand of the seashore or the stars of heaven, carrying palms and bearing crosses on their shoulders.”
- From The Alexiad by Anna Komnene, translated by E.R.A. Sewter, (Penguin Classics, 2009).