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St. Olga

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Feastday: July 11
Birth: 890
Death: 969

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St. Olga 879-969 Married in 903 to Prince Igor I of Kievan, Rus'. She was a cruel and barbarous woman (she scalded her husband's murderers to death in 945 and murdered hundreds of their followers) until she was baptized at Constantinople in 957. She then requested Emperor Otto I to send missionaries to Kiev. Although St. Adalbert of Magdeburg was sent and the queen exerted great efforts the mission proved a failure as did her attempts to convert her son, Svyatoslav. Christianity was introduced however by her grandson St. Vladimir.. Feastday July 11.

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