Anna Porphyrogenita

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Anna Porphyrogenita
Grand Princess of Kievan Rus
Grand Princess consort of Kiev
Tenure989 – 1011
BornMarch 13, 963
Constantinople, Purple chamber of the Byzantine Emperor's Palace, Byzantine Empire
Diedc. 1011 (aged 47-48)
Kiev, Grand Principality of Kiev
SpouseVladimir I of Kiev
  • (Recognized by Romanos II of Byzantium) Yaroslav the Wise and Theofana
FatherRomanos II of Byzantium

Anna Porphyrogenita (Medieval Greek: Ἄννα Πορφυρογεννήτη, romanizedAnna Porphyrogennētē, Russian: Анна Византийская, Ukrainian: Анна Порфірогенета; 13 March 963 – 1011) was a Grand Princess consort of Kiev; she was married to Grand Prince Vladimir the Great.[1]

Anna was the daughter of Byzantine Emperor Romanos II and the Empress Theophano. She was also the sister of Emperors Basil II Bulgaroktonos (The Bulgar-Slayer) and Constantine VIII. Anna was a Porphyrogenita, a legitimate daughter born in the special purple chamber of the Byzantine Emperor's Palace. Anna's hand was considered such a prize that some theorize that Vladimir became Christian just to marry her.[2]

Anna did not wish to marry Vladimir and expressed deep distress on her way to her wedding. Vladimir was impressed by Byzantine religious practices; this factor, along with his marriage to Anna, led to his decision to convert to Eastern Christianity. Due to these two factors, he also began Christianizing his kingdom. By marriage to Grand Prince Vladimir, Anna became Grand Princess of Kiev, but in practice, she was referred to as Queen or Czarina, probably as a sign of her membership of the Imperial Byzantine House. Anna participated actively in the Christianization of Rus: she acted as the religious adviser of Vladimir and founded a few convents and churches herself. It is not known whether she was the biological mother of any of Vladimir's children, although some scholars have pointed to evidence that she and Vladimir may have had as many as three children together.[3]

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  1. ^ Reuter, Timothy; McKitterick, Rosamond (1995). The New Cambridge Medieval History: c. 900-c. 1024. Cambridge University Press. p. 597. ISBN 9780521364478.
  2. ^ Skylitzes, John; Wortley, John (2010). A Synopsis of Byzantine History, 811-1057. Cambridge University Press. p. 319 (footnote). ISBN 9780521767057.
  3. ^ Shepherd, Jonathan (2003). "Marriages Towards the Millennium". In Magdalino, Paul (ed.). Byzantium in the Year 1000. BRILL. pp. 25–26. ISBN 9789004120976. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
Russian royalty
Title last held by
Last known consort: Malfrida
Grand Princess consort of Kiev
Title next held by
Next known consort: Ingegerd Olofsdotter of Sweden