Elena Ivanovna of Moscow was born 19 May 1476 in Moscow, Russia (Moscow Kremlin) to Ivan III Vasilyevich of Russia (1440-1505) and Zoe Palaiologina (c1448-1503) and died 20 January 1513 Vilnius, Lithuania of unspecified causes.

Helena Ivanovna of Moscow (Russian: Елена Ивановна; Lithuanian: Elena; Polish: Helena Moskiewska) (19 May 1476 – 20 January 1513) was a Grand Duchess of Lithuania and Queen of Poland as a wife of king of Poland Alexander Jagiellon.


Helena was the daughter of a Grand Prince of Moscow, Ivan III[1], and Sophia Palaiologina, a niece of the last Byzantine emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos. Helena was a younger sister of Grand Prince of Moscow Vasili III of Russia.[2] In 1495 the marriage between Alexander Jagiellon, Grand Duke of Lithuania, and Helena was held in the Cathedral of the Theotokos in Vilnius, in the presence of Saint Macarius, Metropolitan of Moscow. She did not convert to Catholicism to become Queen of Poland and remained faithful to her Eastern Orthodox Church beliefs. That is why she was never crowned.

Helena had two pregnancies (in 1497 and 1499), but both ended in miscarriages. The second miscarriage left her severely ill and unable to bear children. According to a rumor, she was poisoned by Mikołaj Radziwiłł. She was buried in the Cathedral of the Theotokos in Vilnius.[3]


16. Dmitriy Ivanovich Donskoy
8. Vasiliy I Dmitriyevich of Moscow
17. Eudoxia Dmitriyevna of Suzdal
4. Vasily II Vasiliyevich of Moscow
18. Vytautas, Grand Duke of Lithuania
9. Sophia of Lithuania
19. Anna of Smolensk
2. Ivan III Vasilevich of Moscow
20. Vladimir Andreievich of Sierpukhov
10. Yaroslav Vladimirovich of Maloyaroslavets
21. Elena of Lithuania
5. Maria Yaroslavna of Borovsk
22. Fyodor Fyodorovich Koshkin-Goldyayev
11. Maria Fyodorovna Koshkina-Goltyayeva
1. Helena of Moscow
24. John V Palaiologos
12. Manuel II Palaiologos
25. Helena Kantakouzene
6. Thomas Palaiologos
26. Constantine Dragaš
13. Jelena Dragaš
3. Zoe Palaiologina
28. Andronico Asano Zaccaria
14. Centurione II Zaccaria
29. Mavros of Arcadia
7. Katharina Zaccaria of Achaea
30. Leonardo II Tocco
15. Creusa Tocco


Marie Louse Gonzaga de Nevers was the second Polish Queen after Helena whose family tree lead to the Byzantine emperor (Andronikos II Palaiologos).


  1. ^, Aleksander I Jagiellończyk
  2. ^, Bitwa pod Orszą.
  3. ^, Wilno - zabytki Wilna.

Elena Ivanovna of Moscow (1476-1513)
Born: 19 May 1476 Died: 20 January 1513
Royal titles
Preceded by
Elisabeth of Austria
Queen consort of Poland
Grand Duchess consort of Lithuania

Succeeded by
Barbara Zápolya

Footnotes (including sources)

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