Fierce Females of History


Olga of Kiev: Sweet Revenge

Season 2, Ep. 24

For Olga of Kiev, life in early 945AD was good. She had a beautiful son, her beloved husband was out collecting tribute from the neighbours and pagan religion reigned.

Then those neighbours murdered her husband using a set of very bendy trees.

This was when Olga took the gloves off. And guys, she really never put them back on.

What came next was one of the most staggering revenge tours of all time. We’re talking weaponised pigeons, death by sauna and one very chaotic funeral.

In this episode, you’ll hear about how Olga rained terror down on those neighbours, how she became a Saint (yep) and even established one of the first tax systems.

So grab your death-birds, your earbuds and prepare for retribution.

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The Primary Chronicle

Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis F Sullivan (trans)(2005): The History of Leo the Deacon: Byzantine military expansion in the tenth century. Washington DC.

Samuel Hazzard Cross and Olgerd P Sherbowitz-Wetzor: The Russian Primary Chronicle: Laurentian Text. Cambridge: Massachusetts.

Zubkova, O. Orfinskaya, D. Likhachev: New Discovery of Viking Age clothing from Pskov, Russia. The Viking Saint Queen of Russia: 9 facts about Olga of Kiev The Saint Who Buried people alive and burned down a city in revenge.

Nikolai Bruni's Saint Grand Knyaginya Olga (1901)

Olga burns the Drevlian nobles inside the bath house via History Answers.

A Perfect Absolution album cover art by Gorod

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