Anna Diogenissa

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Anna
Ана
Grand Princess of Serbia
Tenure ca. 1112–1145
Spouse Uroš I of Serbia
Issue Uroš II
House
Father Constantine Diogenes
Mother Theodora Komnene
Born before 1075
Constantinople

Anna Diogenissa (ca. 1074–1145) was a Byzantine noblewoman of the Diogenes house that became the Grand Princess consort of Serbia as wife of Uroš I Vukanović (r. 1112–1145). She had five children with Uroš I, including the successor, Uroš II (r. 1145-1162).

Family and marriage[edit]

Anna Diogenissa was born in the Byzantine capital Constantinople sometime before or, at the latest, nine months after the death of her father Constantine Diogenes at Antioch in 1074.[1] Her mother was Theodora Komnene, a daughter of the powerful noblewoman Anna Dalassena and John Komnenos, and hence sister to the future emperor Alexios I Komnenos (r. 1081–1118).[1] Her paternal grandparents were Romanos IV Diogenes (r. 1068–1071) and Anna of Bulgaria.

It is not recorded when Anna married Uroš I, the Serbian Grand Prince, who reigned from ca. 1112 to 1145. It most likely took place during Uroš' captivity in Byzantium, where he had been sent as a hostage by his uncle Vukan following the capture of Lipljan in 1094 by the troops of Alexios I Komnenos. Uroš is credited with having unified most of the Serbian territories after retaking them from Byzantine occupation. Rascia was the first independent state of the Serbs which had been formed in the 8th century.

Together they had at least five children:

Possible child of Anna and Uroš:

There is not much information in the available sources on the life of Anna Diogenissa, and this lack includes the date of her death. Charles Cawley in his Medieval Lands derived what little information he has from Europäische Stammtafeln.

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Maria Helena

See also[edit]

Royal titles
First Grand Princess consort of Serbia
1115–1131
Vacant
Title next held by
Anastasija

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Cawley, Charles (2010). Medieval Lands, Byzantium, Diogenes, Emperor 1068-1071