Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 19087
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Bogomoletz , Wladimir V.
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  • Title: Anna of Kiev: An Enigmatic Capetian Queen of the Eleventh Century: A Reassessment of Biographical Sources
  • Source: French History 19, 3 (September 2005): Pages 299 - 323.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Anna of Kiev, Wife of Henri I, King of France Charters and Diplomatics Politics Queens Remarriage
  • Geographic Area: France;Russia
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  • Abstract: Anna of Kiev, a member of the ruling Rurikid dynasty of Kievan Russia, became the sixth queen regnant of the Capetian monarchy when she married King Henry I in 1051. The reasons underlying this matrimonial alliance are complex. Anna is a somewhat enigmatic personality whose life was influenced by two different cultures and religious doctrines. She had the reputation of a pious queen, participating actively in grants to the Church. She also founded the Abbey of Saint-Vincent de Senlis. During the minority years of her son, King Philip I, Anna played an active role as queen mother, acting as co-regent with the officially appointed custodian of the kingdom, Count Baldwin V of Flanders. Anna’s second marriage, shortly after Henry I’s death, to the powerful Count Raoul III of Crépy-en-Valois caused a scandal. Widowed again in 1074, Anna seems to have retired from all public life and died sometime between 1075 and 1079. Anna appears as a rather unusual example of early Capetian queenship. [Reproduced from the publisher's website: http://fh.oxfordjournals.org/content/19/3/299.abstract]
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  • Year of Publication: 2005.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 02691191
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