Sviatoslav's appearance has been described very clearly by Leo the Deacon, who himself attended the meeting of Sviatoslav with John I Tzimiskes. Following Deacon's memories, Sviatoslav was a blue-eyed male of average height but of stalwart build, much more sturdy than Tzimiskes. He shaved his blond head and his beard but wore a bushy mustache and a sidelock as a sign of his nobility. He preferred to dress in white, and it was noted that his garments were much cleaner than those of his men, although he had a lot in common with his warriors. He wore a single large gold earring bearing a carbuncle and two pearls.
Father: , Igor I of Kiev, Prince of Kiev, b. ABT 875
Mother: , Olga of Kiev, Regent of Kiev, b. ABT 890
Associated with , Malusha
Child 1: , Vladimir (St.) the Great of Kiev, Grand Prince of Kiev, b. 960
Married to , Predeslava of Hungary
Child 2: , Yaropolk I of Kiev, Prince of Kiev, b. ABT 958
Child 3: , Oleg, b. ABT 959
Religion: Wikipedia: Sviatoslav remained a staunch pagan all of his life
Sviatoslav's mother, Olga, converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity at the court of Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus in 957. However, Sviatoslav remained a pagan all of his life. In the treaty of 971 between Sviatoslav and the Byzantine emperor John I Tzimiskes, the Rus' are swearing by Perun and Veles. According to the Primary Chronicle, he believed that his warriors (druzhina) would lose respect for him and mock him if he became a Christian. The allegiance of his warriors was of paramount importance in his conquest of an empire that stretched from the Volga to the Danube.
Date: MAR 972
Place: Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine
Place: Kiev, Ukraine
Place: Dnieper Cataracts, Russia
Cause: Ambushed and killed by the Pecheneg warriors of Khan Kurya, his skull was made into a chalice for Kurya.
↑ Based on his analysis of De Ceremoniis, Alexander Nazarenko hypothesizes that Olga hoped to orchestrate a marriage between Sviatoslav and a Byzantine princess. If her proposal was peremptorily declined (as it most certainly would have been), it is hardly surprising that Sviatoslav would look at Byzantium and her Christian culture with suspicion. Nazarenko 302.
↑ Russian traditional culture: religion, gender, and customary law, Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer. Books.google.com. p. 4. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
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