Queen consort Borena of Ossetia - Alania

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Queen consort Borena of Ossetia - Alania

Russian: Борена Багратион (от Осетия)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Urdure King of Ossetia - Alania
Wife of Bagrat IV, King of Georgia
Mother of Maria Bagrationi of Georgia; George II, king of Georgia and Mariam Bagratuni
Sister of Durgulel King of Alania

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About Queen consort Borena of Ossetia - Alania



  • 1. --- . King of Ossetia. m ---. [Three] children:
    • a) DURGHULEL . ...
    • b) [ALDA] . ... [Mistress of: GIORGI I King of Georgia, son of BAGRAT III King of Abkhazi, of Kartveli and Kartli & his wife --- ([995/96]-[Mqinwarni or Itaroni 16 Aug] 1027, bur Kothathis).]
    • c) BORENA . The Georgian Chronicle (13th century) records the marriage of Bagrat and Borena, daughter of the Ossetian king after the death of his first wife[310]. The Georgian Chronicle (18th century) records that "Bagrat" married "la reine Boréna, fille du roi des Osses et sœur de Dourghoulel"[311]. m ([1033/40]%29 as his first wife, BAGRAT IV King of Abkhazia and Kartvelia, son of GIORGI I King of Georgia & his first wife Alda of Ossetia ([1017/18]-24 Nov 1072).


Borena (Georgian: ბორენა) was a sister of the Alan king Durgulel "the Great", and the Queen consort of Georgia, as the second wife of Bagrat IV (r. 1027-1072).

The medieval Georgian historical tradition exposes little information about Borena. Bagrat married her, in the early 1030s, after the death of his first wife, Helene (niece of the Byzantine emperor Romanus III Argyros). This was just one of the several intermarriages between the medieval Georgian Bagratids and their natural allies, the royal house of Alania. Borena seems to have retained some contacts with her native Alania: the Georgian chronicles report that when Durgulel paid a visit to Bagrat IV, he also arranged an audience with his sister Borena. The last we hear about Borena is her presence at Bagrat's deathbed in 1072.[1]

Borena is primarily known as a patron and promoter of Georgian Orthodox culture and monastic life. She sponsored the construction of the Georgian Kapata Monastery on Mount Sion at Jerusalem. She is frequently identified with the Borena who was an author of a passionate and moving hymn to Virgin Mary, which is found as an inscription on the Theotokos icon from that time (now preserved at the Lenjer Church in highland Svaneti).[2]

Bagrat and Borena had two children:

George II of Georgia

Martha-Maria (the future queen consort of the Byzantine Empire)