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St. Olga of Kiev

Female Abt 890 - 969  (~ 79 years)

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  • Name Olga of Kiev 
    Prefix St. 
    Birth Abt 890  Pskov, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Death 11 Jul 969  Kiev, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I1598  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of AW, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of DGH, Ancestor of DK, Ancestor of EK, Ancestor of GFS, Ancestor of JMF, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LD, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of LMW, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK, Ancestor of UKL, Ancestor of WPF, Ancestor of XYZ
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2020 

    Family Igor of Kiev, Ruler of the Kievan Rus   d. 945 
    +1. Sviatoslav I, Grand Prince of Kiev   d. 972
    Family ID F570  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 5 May 2024 

  • Notes 
    • "Her name Ol'ga derives from Old Scandinavian Helga, and she is called Helga in Byzantine sources. Her christening name was Helen. She was the first of the princely family to accept Christianity and much later she was made a saint as 'precursor' of the faith in Rus. As the widow of Igor, she served as regent during the minority of her son Svyatoslav. Her official visit to Constantinople circa 955 is related in the Primary Chronicle and also by the Emperor Constantine, the differences between the two sources illustrating nicely the folk character of the early Rus annals. In her, the chronicle dramatizes the change from paganism to Christianity: a treacherous and vengeful Olga becomes Olga the saint, through still a trickster." ["Ryurik and the First Ryurikids", citation details below.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S160] Wikipedia.