"Gloriosa Regina or ‘Alien Queen’? Some Reconsiderations on Anna Yaroslavna’s Queenship (r. 1050–1075)”

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Abstract

The article questions the image that has emerged in secondary sources of Anna Yaroslavna (r. 1050- c. 1075), the Rus-born wife of King Henri I of France (d. 1060), as an “alien queen” who remained a foreigner in Capetian society. Focusing on charter evidence, it examines the ways in which Anna exercised her queenship and demonstrates that while limited evidence suggests that she maintained contact with the Orthodox culture of her homeland, she also became assimilated into her husband’s western-Christian court culture. The article thus also sheds light on relations between western and eastern Christianity in the mid eleventh century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28–70
Number of pages42
JournalRoyal Studies Journal
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Anna Yaroslavna, King Henri I, King Philippe I, Queenship in France, Rus', History of Orthodox/Catholic relations, Royal Patronage, Regency, Early Capetian Charters; Widowhood

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