Anna Porphyrogeneta

Birth
Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Death 1012
Burial Kiev, City of Kiev, Ukraine
Memorial ID 116451849 · View Source
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Anna Porphyrogeneta

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Anna Porphyrogeneta ( Анна Византийская in Russian ) (March 13, 963 – 1011) was a Grand Princess consort of Kiev; she was married to Grand Prince Vladimir the Great .

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 Vladimir became Christian just to marry her.
Anna did not wish to marry Vladimir and expressed deep distress on her way to her wedding. It was because of his marriage to Anna, that Vladimir abolished the freedom of religion in Russia and forced Chistinanity upon the public. 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, but perhaps she is the mother of Yaroslav the Wise.


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  • Created by: relative
  • Added: 2 Sep 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 116451849
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anna Porphyrogeneta (13 Mar–1012), Find a Grave Memorial no. 116451849, citing Church of the Tithes, Kiev, City of Kiev, Ukraine ; Maintained by relative (contributor 47268827) .