Volodarivna Irene

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Irene Volodarivna (? – after 1131) – daughter of Volodar-Ivan Rostyslavych, Prince of Zvenyhorod and Peremyshl, great-granddaughter of Grand Prince of Kyiv Yaroslav the Wise.

On July 20, 1104, got married to Isaac Komnenos, son of Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komnenos. It was the first case of direct contacts of Byzantium with a separate principality of Kyivan Rus, which can be regarded as a great success of the foreign policy of Peremyshl Princes. This marriage strengthened positions of Volodar in his confrontation with Hungary.

It is interesting to note that the grandmother of Irene Volodarivna was Lanka (Helena) – daughter of Hungarian King Béla I, who was a son of Premyslava, daughter of Grand Prince Saint Volodymyr Sviatoslavych, Equal to the Apostles. Portrait (imaginary) of Irene Volodarivna.

By A. Khmel. Oil on canvas. 90×70. 2008