Tuesday, April 04, 2006

St. Boris and Gleb. 27 х 31 cm



Boris and Gleb – first Russian Saints – sons of St. Vladimir the First, who baptized the ancient Russia. In 1015, the Great Tsar Vladimir died and the throne was overtaken by the sons’ brother-in-law, Svyatopolk (The Cursed). He decided to eliminate all rivals and ordered to kill the brothers. When Boris found out about the betrayal, he left his army and started to pray. During the praying he was killed by Svyatopolk’s soldiers. Gleb was lured into the castle and in spite of his begging for mercy, he was murdered. His body was thrown into the river.
Brothers were canonized after their deaths and the whole Russia respected them for clemency and truthfulness.

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