Wyszesława Svyatoslavna of Kiev was born circa 1047 to Svyatoslav II Yaroslavich of Kiev (1027-1076) and Cecilia of Dithmarschen (c1030-c1070) and died circa 1090 of unspecified causes. She married Bolesław II the Bold (c1042-1081) .

Wyszesława Sviatoslavna of Kiev (b. ca. 1047?[1] – d. aft. 1089), was a Kievan Rus' princess and member of the Rurikid dynasty and by marriage Duchess and later Queen of Poland.

She was the eldest child and only daughter of Svyatoslav, Prince of Chernigov and later Grand Prince of Kiev, by his wife Cecilia, probably member of the House of Dithmarschen.[2]


The chronicler Jan Długosz and other authors reported her parentage.[3] She was certainly married to Bolesław II the Bold, Duke of Poland before 1069, because in that year their only child, Mieszko, was born. She was probably crowned Queen of Poland with her husband on Christmas Day of 1076 in the Gniezno Cathedral by the Archbishop Bogumił.

In 1079, together with her husband and son she was exiled in Hungary. Two years later (ca. 1081/82) Bolesław died under mysterious circumstances, probably by poison. In 1086, together with her son Mieszko, Wyszesława returned to Poland. According to Gallus Anonymus, she participated in the funeral of her son, who was poisoned in 1089. This is the last mention of Bolesław's wife ; her fate remains unknown.

Modern historians, led by Oswald Balzer in his Genealogia Piastów (1895), refuted the name and origins of Bolesław's wife. They stated that she likely had a German or Russian origin. Also, there is the theory that the Queen Agnes (Agnes Regina) whose obituary is recorded in Zwiefalten was the wife of Bolesław; it is also believed that she belonged to the Přemyslid dynasty.[4]


  1. ^ Genealogía, Reyes y Reinos by Nicolas Homar [retrieved 15 July 2014].
  2. ^ RUSSIA, Rurik - Vizeslava Sviatoslavna wife Boleslaw II Poland in MedLands Projects by Charles Crowley [retrieved 15 July 2014].
  3. ^ Nicholas Baumgarten (1927), p. 20, citing Sommersberg, Selisiacorum Rerum Scriptores, vol. V, cap. 1, pp. 650-651; Monumenta Poloniae Historica, vol. IV, cap. 10; Tatyszczew, vol. III, p. 119, and Linniczenko, Relations mutuelles de Russie et de Pologne, pag. 53.
  4. ^ T. Jurek, Agnes regina. W poszukiwaniu żony Bolesława Szczodrego, LXXII, 2006, s. 95-104.


Offspring of Bolesław II the Bold (c1042-1081) and Wyszesława Svyatoslavna of Kiev
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mieszko Bolesławowic (c1069–1089)


Offspring of Svyatoslav II Yaroslavich of Kiev (1027-1076) and Cecilia of Dithmarschen (c1030-c1070)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Wyszesława Svyatoslavna of Kiev (c1047-c1090) 1047 1090 Bolesław II the Bold (c1042-1081)
Gleb Svyatoslavich of Novgorod (c1048-1078) 1048 30 May 1078 Volokolamsk, Volokolamsk Rayon, Moscow Oblast, Russia
Roman Svyatoslavich Krasnyi of Tmutarakan (c1050-1079) 1050 2 August 1079
Davyd Svyatoslavich of Chernigov (c1052-1123) 1052 1123 Theodosia (c1060-c1110)
Oleg I Svyatoslavich of Chernigov (c1053-1115) 1053 2 August 1115 Theophano Mouzalonissa (c1075-c1105)
Daughter of Osaluka-Khan

Offspring of Svyatoslav II Yaroslavich of Kiev (1027-1076) and Oda von Babenberg (c1040-c1087)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Yaroslav Svyatoslavich of Chernigov (1074-1129) 1074 1129 NN
Daughter of Kiev (c1070-c1117) 1070 1117 Kilij Arslan I of Rum (-1107)


Footnotes (including sources)


Wyszesława Svyatoslavna of Kiev (c1047-c1090)
Rurikid dynasty
Born: ca. 1047? Died: aft. 1089
Royal titles
Preceded by
Maria Dobroniega of Kiev
Duchess consort of Poland
Queen from 1076

Succeeded by
Judith of Bohemia

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