Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153)
“For my own part, I am in any case naturally averse to making things up or to inventing stories about history, although I know the custom is widespread, especially among the jealous and spiteful. I am not quickly impressed by the slanders of the mob.”
- The Alexiad (Book III, section 1) by Anna Komnene, translated by E.R.A. Sewter, (Penguin Classics, 2009).