Anna Agnesa Yaroslavna of Kiev

Female 1036 - 1075  (39 years)


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  • Name Anna Agnesa Yaroslavna of Kiev 
    Born 1036  Kiev, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 05 Sep 1075  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Abbey De Villiers La Ferte-Alais Departement de l'Essonne Īle-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_of_Kiev

      Her parents were Yaroslav the Wise, Grand Prince of Kiev and Novgorod, and Ingegerd Olofsdotter of Sweden, his second wife.

      After the death of his first wife, Matilda of Frisia, King Henry of France searched the courts of Europe for a suitable bride, but could not locate a princess who was not related to him within legal degrees of kinship. At last he sent an embassy to distant Kiev, which returned with Anne (also called Agnes).

      Anna could ride a horse, was knowledgeable in politics, and actively participated in governing France, especially after her husband died. Many French documents bear her signature, written in old Slavic language.

      Anna is often credited with introducing the name "Philip" to royal families of Western Europe, as she bestowed it on her first son; she might have imported this Greek name (Philippos, from philos and hippos, meaning "loves horses") from her Eastern Orthodox culture).

      For six years after Henry's death in 1060, she served as regent for Philip, who was only eight at the time. She was the first queen of France to serve as regent. Her co-regent was Count Baldwin V of Flanders. Anne was a literate woman, rare for the time, but there was some opposition to her as regent on the grounds that her mastery of French was less than fluent.

      A year after the king's death, Anne, acting as regent, took a passionate fancy for Count Ralph III of Valois, a man whose political ambition encouraged him to repudiate his wife to marry Anne in 1062. Accused of adultery, Ralph's wife appealed to Pope Alexander II, who excommunicated the couple. The young king Philip forgave his mother, which was just as well, since he was to find himself in a very similar predicament in the 1090s. Ralph died in September 1074, at which time Anne returned to the French court. She died in 1075, was buried at Villiers Abbey, La Ferte-Alais, Essonne and her obits were celebrated on 5 September. All subsequent French kings were her progeny.
    Person ID I35229  Master File
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2016 

    Family Henry I of France,   b. 04 May 1008, Reims Departement de la Marne Champagne-Ardenne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Aug 1060, Vitry-aux-Loges Departement du Loiret Centre, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Children 
     1. Philip I of the Franks, the Amorous,   b. 23 May 1052, Champagne-et-Fontaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1108, Melun, Seine-et-Marne, Īle-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F14542  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart