Olga of Kiev

Depiction of Olga of Kiev made circa 1700 Public domain

Most of what we know about Olga comes from the Russian Primary Chronicle, also known as the Chronicle of Nestor or the Tale of Bygone Years. Some elements of the story may borrow more from legend than from history – it involves an elaborate, gruesome, very thorough revenge … and then a religious conversion.

Note: The preferred spelling in Ukraine is "Kyiv" rather than "Kiev."

Tracy's Research:

  • The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “St. Olga.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 1/1/2019. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Olga
  • The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. “Oleg” Encyclopedia Britannica. 3/30/2016. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Oleg
  • Nestor the Chronicler (attributed). “The Russian Primary Chronicle.” 1113. Via archive.org. https://archive.org/details/TheRussianPrimaryChronicle/page/n319
  • "Olga, Grand Duchess of Kiev." Encyclopedia of World Biography, vol. 36, Gale, 2016. Global Issues in Context, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/K1631010516/GPS?u=som&sid=GPS&xid=fba6a9de. Accessed 12 Feb. 2019.
  • Labunka, Miroslav. “Religious Centers and Their Missions to Kievan Rus': From Ol'ga to Volodimer.” Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 12/13. 1988/89. Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/41036311
  • Butler, Francis. “Ol'Ga's Conversion and the Construction of Chronicle Narrative.” The Russian Review, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Apr., 2008). Via JSTOR. https://www.jstor.org/stable/20620746

Topics in this Podcast: 10th century, Russian history, women, European history, religious history, christianity