On April 23, 1185, Prince Ihor Sviatoslavych took the field against the Polovtsians, as is described in The Tale of Ihor’s Host. The warning and imploration of his wife Euphrosyne, who had a foreboding of disaster, did not stop him. Ihor’s host was defeated and he was wounded and taken captive. The Polovtsians devastated the lands of Prince Ihor as well as the lands of princes dependent on him. Yaroslavna left
The Lament of Yaroslavna, the most poetic part of The Tale, is a narrative of her anguish for her husband, her fidelity and love, which like a guardian protects in misfortune, rescues from death, and works miracles. Thanks to prayers of his devoted wife, Prince Ihor managed to escape from captivity and recover his lands and towns.
Portrait (imaginary) of Euphrosyne Yaroslavna.
By T. Turdieva. Oil on canvas. 90×70. 2008