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Zbyslava of Kiev


Zbyslava of Kiev

Zbyslava of Kiev
Duchess consort of Poland
Reign 1102–1112/14
Władysław II the Exile
Judith, Princess of Murom
House House of Piast
Father Sviatopolk II of Kiev
Mother Premyslid princess
Born c. 1085/90
Died c. 1112/14

Zbyslava of Kiev (''Сбыслава Ярославна'', Polish: Zbysława Kijowska; c. 1085/90 – c. 1112/14), was a Kievan Rus' princess member of the Rurikid dynasty and by marriage Duchess of Poland.

She was the daughter of Sviatopolk II, Grand Prince of Kiev by his first wife, who is believed was a Premyslid princess.[1]


During his fight against his half-brother Zbigniew, the Junior Duke of Poland, Bolesław III Wrymouth, allied himself with Kievan Rus' and Hungary. In order to seal his alliance with the Grand Prince of Kiev, Bolesław III was betrothed to his eldest daughter Zbyslava. The Primary Chronicle names Zbyslava, daughter of Svyatopolk when recording that she was taken to Poland on 16 November 1102 to marry Bolesław III.[2] Thus, the marriage took place between that date or in early 1103. They had only one known son, the future Władysław II the Exile, born in 1105,[3] and a daughter (perhaps named Judith), born around 1111 and later wife of Vsevolod Davidovich, Prince of Murom.[4]

Her date of death is uncertain. Web sources placed Zbyslava's death between the years 1109/12.[5][6] Currently, it is assumed that she died probably in 1114[7] at least, because one year later (in 1115), Bolesław III married Salomea, daughter of Henry, Count of Berg-Schelklingen.


Zbyslava of Kiev
Born: c. 1085/90 Died: c. 1112/14
Royal titles
Preceded by
Judith of Swabia
Duchess consort of Poland
Succeeded by
Salomea of Berg
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