Slavic women are wild, dangerous and fascinating. The blood in our veins sometimes drives us to do the things nobody except. The women born in Slavic countries or the ones who arrived to become wives of the local rulers wrote dozens of remarkable stories. Some of them lived such unusual lives that it is hard to believe they were real. Know Świętosława, Aleksandra, Maria, Kinga, and Anna, who are only a few of many remarkable and controversial women among the Slavic Royalties.
1. Świętosława (10th century AD)
Known also as Sigrid the Haughty was a daughter of Mieszko I, the first ruler of Poland (not the king, Mieszko is believed the one who united the ethnic groups that became a basis of Polish nation). Her mother was Doubravka of Bohemia, the princess of the Přemyslid dynasty. The story of Świętosława is a perfect source to write a screenplay. She had a rebellious nature, a spirit of femme fatale, and an instinct of the killer. Her two husbands, Eric the Victorious of Sweden and Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark, were known as one of the most influential people of her times. Her impact on the politic of her husbands and sons brought her bad fame and many enemies. To survive in the masculinized world, she had to be stronger and smarter. To keep the power she had to be vicious and cruel. It won’t surprise you that many people believe she must be a witch.
2. Hurrem Sultan (c. 1500/1502 -1558)
Born in Rohatyń (now in Ukraine, in the 16th century in Crown of Poland) as Aleksandra Lisowska, Slavic beauty in the harem of Suleiman the Magnificent. Although she wasn’t born in the Royal family, her unique personality, stubbornness, and charm made her one of the most influential women in the history of the Ottoman Empire. Although the relationship between Sultan and Aleksandra seems to be based on love and understanding, many people believed that she was a witch who put a charm onSuleiman. When during the excavations in the old palace of Edirne archeologists unearthed elements of apparatus to making fragrant oils, many people concluded that these are tools of Hurrem. Although there is no evidence to this theory, her story lives its life.
3. Maria of Serbia, Queen of Bosnia (c. 1447 – c. 1500)
She was called by the monks ”evil woman”. Her blood was hot like tabasco, and she didn’t have anything in common with the typical archetype of the 15th-century woman. Her life was full of conflicts, and rebellious way of ruling brought her many enemies. During the conflict with Ottoman Empire, she was a strong player When her husband was executed, she became a widow but didn’t stay far away from politics. She tried to take the throne, but knowing it is impossible to carry the power, she got married for the second time and became a queen consort for the second time. Politics was her element. Maria was so persistent that even the Sultan of Ottoman Empire preferred to become her protector. She spent the last years of her life intriguing against her closest relatives, who transformed her life of the queen into the fate of the refugee. People gossiped that supernatural powers support her, but also admired her passionate fight for her kingdom.
4. Kinga of Poland (1224 – 1292)
She is a saint of Catholic Church, but at the same time, she stays one of the most controversial choices of the Church among the Queens of Poland. The official religious resources believe that she dedicated her life to prayers and worked in the name of Christian God. According to the legend, she was inspired by the sister of her husband – Blessed Salomea of Poland. Moreover, when her husband died, she decided to live in poverty and give all the financial resources to the poor. However, some researchers pinpoint that there is evidence to the other side of her story. It seems that as a nun she lived an unusual life. First of all, she loved to ride a horse, and she was a very social person. Moreover, it seems that he liked to spend time with men, what was a scandalous fact during her lifetime. It impossible to verify this part of the story, but sometimes we may hear the theories about her romances. If it was true, she was on of the most rebellious Femme Fatale of her times.
5. Anna, Grand Duchess of Lithuania (b. date unknown – 1418)
If someone was dangerous to her plans, she was able to eliminate him or her immediately. She was a wife of Vytautas the Great, Grand Duke of Lithuania. They were a companionate team, both loved power, politics and had no scruples. Anna’s personality and smart strategies related to politics allowed her to be respected and appreciated even among the enemies of her husband. It is very little known about her life, but one of the most scandalous facts is related to her friendship with the Knights of the Teutonic Order. While her husband fought with them, she was a frequent guest in their castles. Was it politics, friendship or a love affair? Nobody can answer this question. Anna was a free spirit, and no person could guess what’s in her mind.
6. Catherine the Great – Empress of All Russia
The most powerful Empress in the history of Russia, unstoppable conqueror, enlightened monarch and a patron of arts and literature; Catherine the Great was a ruler like no other. Once a German princess and an Empress Consort, ‘’Semiramis of the North’’ seized the throne of Russia from her husband and kept it until her death, expanding Russian territory massively, reforming the country into a modern and progressive state and putting Russian Empire on the global map as a force to be feared. [read more]