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Ielizaveta or Elizabeth Iaroslavna, of Novgorod-Kiev, Princess of Kiev, Queen of Norway


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  • Name Ielizaveta or Elizabeth Iaroslavna  
    Suffix of Novgorod-Kiev, Princess of Kiev, Queen of Norway 
    Gender Female 
    • Other names for Elizabeth were Ellisif Of Gårdarike and Elizaveta Yaroslavna Yaroslavna.

      “From Snorri Sturluson, Saga of Harald Hardrade: "16. OF KING HARALD. When Harald came to Novgorod King Jarisleif received him in the most friendly way and he remained there all winter (A.D. 1045). Then he took into his own keeping all the gold and the many kinds of precious things which he had sent there from Constantinople and which together made up so vast a treasure that no man in the Northern lands ever saw the like of it in one man's possession. Harald had been three times in tthe poluta-svarf while he was in Constantinople. It is the custom, namely, there, that every time one of the Greek emperors dies, the Varings are allowed poluta-svarf; that is, they may go through all the emperor's palaces where his treasures are and each may take and keep what he can lay hold of while he is going through them. 17. KING HARALD'S MARRIAGE. This winter King Yaroslav gave Harald his daughter Elisabeth in marriage. She is called by the Northmen Ellisif. ..." From the Ukrananian daily newspaper "The Day", describing the frescoes in St. Sophia Cathedral: YAROSLAV'S CROWNED DAUGHTERS In the central nave we see the well- known fresco image of Prince Yaroslav's family, females and males. In reality, everything is mixed up. Sometime in the seventeenth century the frescoes were repainted. Yaroslav had three daughters and four sons, yet all his children wear the korza men's cloaks. The family's dynastic links are easily traced. Yaroslav's first daughter Elizabebeth figures in a well-known gothic story. A Varangian from the prince's druzhyna troop well in love with her and asked Yaroslav for her hand. The prince said his daughter could marry only a prince. The Varangian signed up for the Byzantine army, eventually became its commander and seized Sicily. He wrote poems, some of which have reached our days. He described his feats of arms and complained that the Rus' maiden paid no attention. Later, Byzantine empress Zoe fell in love with the Varangian, but his heart belonged to Elizabeth. Zoe ordered him to be thrown into a dungeon, but his troops rebelled and liberated him. The Varangian returned to Scandinavia (Norway) and killed his royal brother, whereupon he ascended to the throne as Harald III (Harald the Ruthless) and then he could and did marry Elizabeth. Yaroslav's second daughter Anna married Henry I of France and, as queen, impressed everybody by her literacy. Her husband was illiterate and signed the documents wiith a cross. She signed Anna Regina. She brought the Bible to France (still kept at Reims and it was on that Bible that the subsequent sovereigns swore allegiance to France). Anna's personal knight was Baudouin IV, King of Jerusalem. In the First Crusade, the knight captured Jerusalem and became its king. There he introduced the cult of Anna, so when a Rus' mission visited the city in the thirteenth century they were accorded a luxurious welcome, the way only close relatives would be treated. The Rus' were amazed. Anna was in the center of the knightly circle and French philologists would discover Kyiv landscapes in French Arthurian epics, particularly The Song of Roland. Anna must have told stories about Kyiv that would be rreflected in such epics. Incidentally, it is alleged (perhaps another legend) that the Hagia Sophia of Kyiv was saved by the French author Romain Rolland. Pavel Postyshev, Stalin's satrap in Ukraine in the 1930s, planned to demolish St. Sophia''s and St. Michael's cathedrals, to use the sites for a government center above Khreshchatyk. Baranovsky, a noted restorer, turned to Rolland for help and the writer sent a letter to Stalin, saying that St. Sophia's in inseparably linked with ththe French queen, so the French intelligentsia would appreciate it if the oldest historical site were kept intact. The letter may have preserved St. Sophia's for the posterity. Yaroslav's third daughter Anastasia married Andrew I of Hungary. Both would be buried by Lake Balaton and the chapel is still there.

      Elisabeth was left in the Hebrides, and returned to Norway with her step-son Olaf, and daughter Ingigerd. From the Rissa bygdebok for the Rein farm, it states:

      Olav Kyrre was, as the nickname describes, more peaceful than his father Harald Hardråde. It was Olav “The Peaceful” who had the first Christian church built at Nidaros (Trondheim). “The Brutalruler”, Harald, lost his life in the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066 in an attempt to win the British Throne. Olav sailed with his fleet from England from Hrafnseyr, and came in autumn to the Orkney Isles, where the event had happened that Maria, a daughter of Harald Hardråde, died a sudden deaath the very day and hour her father, King Harald, fell. Olaf remained there all winter; but the summer after he proceeded east to Norway, where he was proclaimed king along with his brother Magnus. King Harald's wife, Queen Ellisif came from the West, along with her stepson Olaf and her daughter Ingegerd.

      Elizabeth married King Harald III Hardråde Sigurdsson, of Norway, son of King Sigurd "Syr' Halfdansson, of Norway and Åsta Gudbrandsdatter, in 1044 in Novgorod, Kievan Rus'. (King Harald III Hardråde Sigurdsson, of Norway was born in 1015 in Ringerike, Buskerud, Norway, died on 25 Sep 1066 in Stamford Bridge, Lincolnshire, England and was buried in 1067 in St. Mary's Church, Trondheim, Sor-Trøndelag, Norway.)”«s48», «s48» [1]
    Person ID I9649  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2020 

    Father Iaroslav I Vladimirovich, Grand Prince of Kiev,   b. 978,   d. 20 Feb 1054  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Ingigerd OLAFSDOTTIR, of Sweden 
    Family ID F4663  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harald III “Hardråde, King of Norway,   b. 1016,   bur. Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Ingegärd or Ingigerd HARALDSDTR,   b. Abt 1052
     2. Maria HARALDSDTR,   b. Abt 1050,   d. 1066  (Age ~ 16 years)
    Last Modified 29 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F3427  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S48] Ancestors of the Obrocks of Quincy, Illinois., Obrock, Paul E., Dr.