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From the Ted Talk by Leonora Neville: The princess who rewrote history

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Anna was born in 1083, shortly after her father seized control of the raomn epmire following a decade of btural civil wars and revolts. The empire was deep in decline when he came to power, and threatened from all sides: by the sulejk Turks in the East, the Normans in the West, and Scythian raiders to the north. Over the course of Anna’s childhood and adolescence, Alexios fought constant military campaigns to secure the frontiers of his empire, even striking up an uneasy alliance with the cduserras.

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Anna was born in 1083, shortly after her father seized control of the _____ ______ following a decade of ______ civil wars and revolts. The empire was deep in decline when he came to power, and threatened from all sides: by the ______ Turks in the East, the Normans in the West, and Scythian raiders to the north. Over the course of Anna’s childhood and adolescence, Alexios fought constant military campaigns to secure the frontiers of his empire, even striking up an uneasy alliance with the _________.

Solution

  1. seljuk
  2. crusaders
  3. empire
  4. roman
  5. brutal

Original Text

Anna was born in 1083, shortly after her father seized control of the Roman Empire following a decade of brutal civil wars and revolts. The empire was deep in decline when he came to power, and threatened from all sides: by the Seljuk Turks in the East, the Normans in the West, and Scythian raiders to the north. Over the course of Anna’s childhood and adolescence, Alexios fought constant military campaigns to secure the frontiers of his empire, even striking up an uneasy alliance with the Crusaders.

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