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Olga (Saint)
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(in Scandinavian: Helga; after her baptism: Helena; c. 890–969, Kiev; feast day Jul 11), grand duchess of Kievan Rus. As duchess of Pskov from the Rjurikid dynasty, she became regent in Kievan Rus in 945, after the murder of her husband, Grand Duke Igor. Through the formation of tax districts she made a significant contribution to the strengthening of territorial power, which was also furthered by the increasing Chris-tianization of the eastern Slavs. Olga herself received baptism in 955 or 957. Negotiations conducted in Constantinople in connect…

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Oswalt, Julia, “Olga (Saint)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024238>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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