King Vladimir Sviatoslavich I (960)

the Great


Birth: ABT 0960
, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine

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Death: 15 Jul 1015
, Berestovo, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine

Source image: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by ABBR Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition , by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippar d Jr., 1999
Church of Tithes, Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine

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Baptism: 09 Aug 0008

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Event: 09 Aug 0008

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Grand Duke Sviatoslav Igorovich I (942 - 0972)
Malusha of Lubech (944 - 1002)
  of Bulgaria (~960)
  Anna of Byzantium (~968)
     Maria Dobronega (~998)
  von Ohningen (9 Jun 0001)
  Anna Princess of The Byzantine Empire (13 Mar 0963)
     Dobronegra Mariya (1011)
  Princess of Polotsk Regneide (Rogneda) Of Polotsk (0962)
     Miss Of (0965)
     Amelia (0974)
     Yaroslav (0980)
  Anna Lekapene (~985)
     Arlogia (1015)

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The most striking event during Vladimir's reign as Prince of Kiev was the conversion, en masse, of the Russians to Orthodox Christianity. In a bizarre selection process that suited his passionate personality, Vladimir interviewed Jews, Muslims, and Christians to determine his kingdom's future religion. In 986, he brought in Jews and heard the case for Judaism, but ultimately rejected it when he learned that the Jews had been expelled from Jerusalem by a God "angry at their forefathers." He was intrigued by Islam, which allowed him "seventy fair women as wives," but shunned this faith too when he found that if he chose it, he would have to abstain from alcohol. "Drinking is the joy of the Russians," he is alleged to have said, "we cannot exist without that pleasure!" He finally chose Christianity when his emissaries told him of the glories of the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. 2 CONT

Embracing his new religion with the same zeal he had once reserved for warfare and women, he built Russia's first stone cathedral in 996 (the Church of the Tithes), and gave it ten percent of both hispersonal income and the revenues of his kingdom. Unfortunately, he sometimes took his new faith too literally, especially Christ's words, "Resist not that which is evil." When his kingdom was subsequently swamped by a crime wave, the church actually pressured him to make arrests and executions until order was restored, and Vladimir complied. 2 CONT

His efforts to Christianize Russia continued until his death in 1015. By then he had established churches, cathedrals, and monasteries throughout Russia. His devout deeds earned him two lasting accolades; he was canonized as Saint Vladimir, and is remembered as the Father of Russia.2 CONT

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