When did Russia break with Rome?
Tragic as was Russia’s defection after Constantinople broke with Rome in 1054, it is understandable on the natural, human level. None of the lands that eventually came to constitute Russia ever lay within the boundaries of the Roman Empire of the West.
What is the language of the Russian Orthodox Church?
Old Slavonic is the liturgical language of the Russian Orthodox Church. St. Vladimir is not the only ruler whose personal embracing of the Faith led to the conversion of his people. Others include Clovis of France, St. Stephen of Hungary, and Harold of Denmark.
What happened to Vladimir when Yaropolk was killed?
When Yaropolk was slain after surrendering, Vladimir made himself ruler of all Russia and took as a bride the woman who had been betrothed to Yaropolk. The year was 980. As a pagan, Vladimir would take four more wives, producing ten sons and two daughters.
How many sons did Sviatoslav have?
The latter did have two legitimate sons, Yaropolk and Oleg. Before he died, Sviatoslav, following the ancient custom of Rus chieftains, divided the territories over which he ruled among his three sons, the least portion going to Vladimir.
What did Vladimir do in 988?
In 988, he besieged and conquered the city of Kherson on the Crimean peninsula, a territory belonging to the Eastern Empire. Thereupon he sent envoys to Emperor Basil II asking for Basil’s sister, Anna, in marriage. If this request were not granted, the envoys said, Vladimir would march on Constantinople.
What was the southernmost bastion of Russia?
Kiev became their southernmost bastion. If the political history of pre-Christian Russia is largely unrecorded, neither have we a great deal of knowledge about missionary activity in the region prior to the conversion in 988 of Vladimir the Great, sainted ruler of Kievan Rus, as the country was then known.
Where is the Slavonic alphabet?
It survives as the alphabet today in Bulgaria and the largest Slavic nation of all, Russia. Old Slavonic is the liturgical language of the Russian Orthodox Church. St. Vladimir is not the only ruler whose personal embracing of the Faith led to the conversion of his people.
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