Anastasia of Serbia

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Ana / Anastasija
Grand Princess consort of Serbia
Tenure fl. 1196
Died June 22, 1200
Burial Studenica monastery
Spouse Stefan Nemanja
House Nemanjić dynasty (by marriage)

Ana (Serbian Cyrillic: Ана); fl. 1196–d. June 22, 1200) was the princess consort of the Serbian Principality as the wife of Stefan Nemanja (r. 1166–1196). She was of noble descent. Ana took monastic vows in 1196 and was baptized Anastasia, after Anastasia of Sirmium. She is venerated by the Serbian Orthodox Church as Saint Anastasija (Света Анастасија) with her feast day on June 22 (Julian calendar).

Theories of origin[edit]

Her origins have never been concluded. The oldest source mentioning her origin was Domentijan (ca. 1210–after 1264), who said of her: "a great princess, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Romanos", only Romanos IV Diogenes ruled 1068–1071, making this geneaology impossible.

  • Mavro Orbini, writing in 1601, mentioned her as a daughter of the Bosnian Ban, based on no historical data. He perhaps mixed her up with the wife of Prince Miroslav, who was the sister of Ban Kulin.[1]
  • Jovan Rajić thought Ana was the daughter of Stefan Borić, although this is not supported by any sources. Vaso Glušac believed her to have been the sister of Ban Borić.[1]
  • Simeon Bogdanović–Siniša claimed that Ana was the daughter of Ban Borić, however, he wrongly thought that Borić and Boris Kalamanos were the same person (when in fact, Boris died in 1154, and Borić was alive in 1163), thus Ana, based on this assumption, would have been the daughter of Boris.[2][1]
  • Other theories include her being a Hungarian princess or "Frankish" (French) princess.

Marriage and descendants[edit]

Through the marriage with Stefan Nemanja, they had three sons and three daughters:

See also[edit]

Royal titles
Title last held by
Anna Diogene
Princess consort of Serbia
Succeeded by
Eudokia Angelina


  1. ^ a b c Predrag Puzović 1998, ch. Lepa Ana, kći bosanskog bana
  2. ^ Milenko M. Vukićević; Stevo Ćosović (2005). Znamenite žene i vladarke srpske. Svet knjige. Међутим, један од познијих писаца (Синиша у Летопису Матице српске, књ. 151) вели, такође, да је Ана била кћи босанскога бана Борића. Али ту узима да су бан Борић и Борис, син Коломана I, краља угарског, једно лице, те би по томе Ана била кћи Бориса Коломановића, а унука кра- ља утарског Коломана I. Али се јасно зна да је Борис Коломановић погинуо 1154. године у борби с Кумани- ма, а бан Борић помиње се још у животу 1 163. године.