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The Social-Political Roles of the Princess in Kyivan Rus’, CA. 945–1240

Talia Zajac

Talia Zajac is currently the Eugene and Daymel Shklar Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She holds a PhD from the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto (2017) and has previously served as a course instructor at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Her research, which focuses on the political activities and religious-cultural patronage of Latin Christian brides who came to Rus’, and vice versa, Rus’-born consorts of western medieval rulers has appeared in the Royal Studies Journal (2016) and the Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Congress of Medieval Canon Law (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2016). In addition, a chapter on the circulation of material objects by Rus’ princesses in Western Europe is forthcoming in the volume Moving Women, Moving Objects (400–1500). Maps, Spaces, Cultures, eds. Tracy Chapman Hamilton and Mariah Proctor-Tiffany (Brill, 2018). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Companion to Global Queenship

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

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... The majority of the Riurikids’ marriages during the eleventh to thirteenth centuries were concluded with their Latin Christian neighbours.Zajac, “Women between West and East,” 2. Princesses from Latin Christendom came to Rus’ to become...