Anna Porphyrogenita, Princess of Byzantium

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  • Name Anna Porphyrogenita 
    Suffix Princess of Byzantium 
    Born 13 Mar 0963  Constantinople, Turkey Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • in the purple chamber of the Byzantine Emperor's Palace.
    Gender Female 
    Also Known As Anna Lekapene  [3
    Also Known As Grand Princess of Kievan Rus  [2
    Died Y  [1, 2
    • ~1101
    Person ID I51040  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 20 May 2018 

    Family Vladimir, Czar of Russia,   b. 0956, Kiev, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1015, Kiev, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 0989  Kherson, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • Anna (March 13, 963 - 1011/12) 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.
    Children 
     1. Arlogia of Orkney, Countess of Orkney,   b. 1015, Kiev, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1046, Orkney Islands, Orkney, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2018 
    Family ID F19000  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Mar 0963 - Constantinople, Turkey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 0989 - Kherson, Ukraine Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Anna Porphyrogenita (Greek: ???a ???f????????t?, Russian: ???? ????????????, Ukrainian: ???? ?????????????; 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. Grand Prince 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, Grand Prince Vladimir 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]

      Grand Princess of Kievan Rus
      Reign 9891011
      Born March 13, 963
      Constantinople, purple chamber of the Byzantine Emperor's Palace.
      Died 1011
      Spouse Vladimir the Great of Kiev
      House Macedonian dynasty
      Father Byzantine Emperor Romanos II
      Mother Theophano

      end of biography [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S12423] "Arlogia (Ardogia) VLADIMIROVNA of KIEV (RUSSIA)", Pedigree, https://fabpedigree.com/s045/f820541.htm, revisited or retr.

    2. [S12622] "Anna Porphyrogenita", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Porphyrogenita, abstracted by David A. Hennessee, i.

    3. [S12425] "Arlogia Vladimirova", Pedigree, http://www.ourfamilyhistories.org/ahnentafel.php?personID=I15583&tree=00&parentset=0&ge.