Olga of Kyiv: The Vengeful Saint

The Viking queen with an ax to grind.

Saint Olga by Mikhail Nesterov

The year is 945 CE. Igor of Kyiv, after attempting to extort tribute, has just been assassinated by the Drevlians. The heir to the throne, Svyatoslav, was only a child. The regency turned to the widowed queen Olga.

Olga ruled the principality of Kyiv until her son was ready to take the throne in 964. She is celebrated as the first female ruler…



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Nick Howard

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