Volodymyrivna Eufemia

XII pageKyivan Rus, HungaryPrincely times Kings and Queens

Eufemia Volodymyrivna (? – 04.04.1139) – daughter of Grand Prince of Kyiv Volodymyr Monomach.

In 1112 was given in marriage to Hungarian King Koloman I the Booklover (1065–1114) from the Arpád dynasty. In 1113 he accused her of adultery and sent her back to Rus. Scholars suppose that Eufemia became the victim of political relations between Hungary and Kyivan Rus, which deteriorated at that time. It could be also influenced by the struggle of court parties for the Hungarian throne.

In Kyiv, Eufemia gave birth to her son Boris Konrad but he was never recognized by King Koloman though he was recognized by part of Hungarian nobility. In 1129 he married one of relatives of Byzantine Emperor John II Komnenos and actively claimed the Hungarian throne.

The rest of her life Eufemia spent in a convent near Kyiv. She is buried in the Church of Our Saviour at Berestove, near the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra.

Portrait (imaginary) of Eufemia Volodymyrivna.

By E. Revenko. Oil on canvas. 90×70. 2008