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Anastasia of Serbia

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Tenure  fl. 1196
Spouse  Stefan Nemanja
Died  June 22, 1200
Name  Anastasia Serbia
Burial  Studenica monastery

Anastasia of Serbia Venerable Anastasia of Serbia Orthodox Church in America
House  Nemanjic dynasty (by marriage)
Children  Saint Sava, Stefan the First-Crowned, Vukan Nemanjic
Grandchildren  Stefan Uros I of Serbia, Stefan Vladislav of Serbia
Great grandchildren  Stefan Milutin, Stefan Dragutin of Serbia
Similar People  Saint Sava, Stefan Nemanja, Stefan the First‑Crowned, Vukan Nemanjic, Stefan Vladislav of Serbia

Ana (Serbian Cyrillic: Ана); fl. 1196–d. June 22, 1200) was the princess consort of the Serbian Principality as the wife of Stefan Nemanja (r. 1166–1196). She was of noble descent. Ana took monastic vows in 1196 and was baptized Anastasia, after Anastasia of Sirmium. She is venerated by the Serbian Orthodox Church as Saint Anastasija (Света Анастасија) with her feast day on June 22 (Julian calendar).

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Theories of origin

Her origins have never been concluded. The oldest source mentioning her origin was Domentijan (c. 1210 – after 1264), who said of her: "a great princess, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Romanos", only Romanos IV Diogenes ruled 1068–71, making this genealogy impossible.

  • Mavro Orbini, writing in 1601, mentioned her as a daughter of the Bosnian Ban, based on no historical data. He perhaps mixed her up with the wife of Prince Miroslav, who was the sister of Ban Kulin.
  • Jovan Rajić thought Ana was the daughter of Ban Borić, although this is not supported by any sources. Vaso Glušac believed her to have been the sister of Ban Borić.
  • Simeon Bogdanović–Siniša claimed that Ana was the daughter of Ban Borić, however, he wrongly thought that Borić and Boris Kalamanos were the same person (when in fact, Boris died in 1154, and Borić was alive in 1163), thus Ana, based on this assumption, would have been the daughter of Boris.
  • Justin Popović believed her to have been the daughter of Manuel I Komnenos, who after the conflict with Uroš II of Rascia wed of his daughter to him in order to make peace.
  • Other theories include her being a Hungarian princess or "Frankish" (French) princess.
  • Marriage and descendants

    Through the marriage with Stefan Nemanja, they had three sons and three daughters:

  • Stefan Nemanjić, Stefan Nemanja's successor.
  • Rastko Nemanjić (Saint Sava) (1171–1236), The first archbishop and patron saint of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
  • Vukan Nemanjić, Grand Prince of Doclea 1190-1208, and Grand Prince of Serbia 1202–1204.
  • Jefimija, married Manuel Doukas, Regent of Thesaloniki (+1241).
  • A daughter who married Tihomir Asen, and gave birth to Bulgarian Tsar Constantine Tih Asen (reigned 1257–1277).
  • References

    Anastasia of Serbia Wikipedia


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