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Ratibor of Pomerania of Pomerania

b. unknown – d. unknown


This marriage exists in Baumgarten’s genealogy, [5] but in no primary sources. It is documented in Pomeranian sources that Ratibor of Pomerania was married to a Pribyslava, but the identity of the Pribyslava is not confirmed anywhere. [6] Baumgarten, in a separate article, draws a fascinating picture of the identity of this Pribyslava in which he connects her to a daughter of Jaroslav Svjatopolčič and N. N. M′stislavna (daughter of M′stislav Volodimerič). [7] The article, and any chance at Pribyslava’s identification, hinges on an identification by Saxo Grammaticus of Margaret, daughter of Pribyslava and Ratibor, as a relation of Waldemar I of Denmark. [8] Baumgarten draws this path through Waldemar’s mother Ingeborg, and through Margaret’s grandmother, who would be a daughter of M′stislav Volodimerič and thus a sister of Ingeborg. [9] Baumgarten’s argument is convincing, as is an analysis of the political situation which suggests that M′stislav was the supposed author of the marriage. Jaroslav Svjatopolčič had repudiated his M′stislavna wife in 1118 and subsequently died in 1123, [10] and M′stislav was attempting to shore up as much support in the north as he could. This marriage may have played a key part in keeping peace in the Baltic region, as well as playing an interesting role in the conversion of Pomerania. Ratibor converted in 1128, and Baumgarten dates the marriage to around 1130. Though Ratibor’s conversion was through Otto of Bamberg, [11] some of the earliest priests in Pomerania around the ruler would have been from the Rusian micro–Christendom, the confessor of Pribyslava, and her entourage.

Despite however, there are no primary sources that substantiate the identity of Pribyslava as a daughter of JJaroslav Svjatopolčič, and thus it is difficult to list these participants on a genealogical chart. I find Baumgarten’s argument highly plausible given the particular political situation in Europe, and have listed this marriage, derived largely from his suppositions, here, but have not included it on the genealogical tables.


  1. Birth/Death: [↑]
  2. Father: [↑]
  3. Mother: [↑]
  4. Marriage to Pribyslava Iaroslavna: N. de Baumgarten, "Pribyslava de Russie," Orientalia Christiana 20, no. 3 (1930).[↑]
  5. Baumgarten, “"Généalogies,"” table II.[↑]
  6. Pommersches Urkundenbuch, vol. 1, 51–53.[↑]
  7. Baumgarten, “"Pribyslava de Russie."” [↑]
  8. Saxo Grammaticus, Bk. XIV. See Christiansen’s note for his critique of the genealogical connections here which he believes makes no sense because he identifies the Pribyslava as a daughter of Boleslaw III. Making Pribyslava a Rusian, following Baumgarten, rather than a Pole, makes the relationships expressed by Saxo correct. 456, n320.[↑]
  9. Baumgarten, “"Pribyslava de Russie,"” 158–59.[↑]
  10. See his entry above for more information.[↑]
  11. Baumgarten, “"Pribyslava de Russie,"” 159, 157.[↑]