Olga of Kiev
Olga was a regent of Kievan Rus’ for her son Svyatoslav from 945 until 960. She is known for her subjugation of the Drevlians, a tribe that had killed her husband Igor of Kiev. Her grandson Vladimir would convert the entire nation to Christianity.
About Olga of Kiev in brief
Olga was a regent of Kievan Rus’ for her son Svyatoslav from 945 until 960. She is known for her subjugation of the Drevlians, a tribe that had killed her husband Igor of Kiev. Even though it would be her grandson Vladimir that would convert the entire nation to Christianity, because of her efforts to spread Christianity through Rus’, Olga is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church with the epithet ‘Equal to the Apostles’ Olga’s birthdate is unknown, but she could be as early as 890 AD and as late as 925 AD. Olga was probably of Varangian origin, and according to the Primary Chronicle was born in Pleskov. Little is known about her life before her marriage to Prince Igor I of Kiev and the birth of their son, Svy atoslav. After Igor’s death in 945, Olga ruled Kieva Rus as regent on behalf of theirSon SvyAtoslav. OlGA assumed the throne because her three-year-old son was too young to rule. She was also using the bident as her personal symbol. According to archeologist Sergei Beletsky , Knyaginya Olga, like all the other rulers before Vladimir the Great, was using the Bident as a personal symbol as well as a symbol of power and power-grabbing. She died in 969 AD in Kiev and is buried in Kiev’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Her feast day is the 11th of July and her name is synonymous with Olha, which means ‘Olha’ in Old East Slavic and Olha in English.
She had a daughter named Elenа, who took the name Elenщa, or ‘Elena’ in her baptism, and a son named Elena, who became Elenislav, who was also known as ‘Elenis’ or ‘Edenislav’ in his baptism. Her husband Igor was the son and heir of Rurik, founder of the Rurk dynasty. He was killed by the D revlians in 944 AD. The D Revlians were a neighboring tribe with which the growing Kievans’ empire had a complex relationship. They stopped paying tribute to Igor’s predecessor, Oleg, and instead gave money to a local warlord. Igor set out to force the tribe to pay tribute to Kie van Rus’ but was killed in the process. The Byzantine chronicler Leo the Deacon said Igor’s. death was caused by a gruesome act of torture in which he was tied to tree trunks, and torn in two. Leo may have invented this sensationalist version of Igor’s death, taking inspiration from Diodorus Siculus’ account of a similar killing method used by the robber Sinis, who lived near the Isthmus of Corinth and was. killed by Theseus. The Primary Chronicle gives an account of her accession to the throne and her bloody revenge on the DRevlians.