Charitina of Lithuania

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Charitina of Lithuania (died 1281) is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Her feast is on 5 October. Because her hagiography did not survive, very little is known about her life.[1] Charitina was a noblewoman from the pagan Grand Duchy of Lithuania who became a nun in Novgorod.[2] Possibly she was arranged to marry a Prince of Novgorod.[3] In Novgorod she entered Monastery of Saints Peter and Paul.[3] There she earned the reputation of piousness and became an abbess.[3] In 2009, Lithuanian historian Algimantas Bučys raised hypothesis that she might be a daughter of Tautvilas, who escaped to Novgorod after her father's murder.[2]


  1. ^ (Lithuanian) Kutkaitytė, Monika (2009-10-11). "Istoriniai tyrinėjimai leido atrasti naują pradžią". Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  2. ^ a b (Lithuanian) Girdzijauskas, Vytautas (2010-01-29). "Vis dar vienišas". Šiaurės Atėnai. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  3. ^ a b c Walsh, Michael (2007). A New Dictionary of Saints: East and West. Liturgical Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-8146-3186-7.