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Vladimir of Russia (960-1015), a prince of Viking origin, founded the Russian State and converted his people to Christianity. This is the first complete biography of his life, based on Russian, Greek, German, Arabic and Icelandic sources. Endowed with exceptional talents as a warrior, diplomat and administrator, Vladimir seized his brother's throne and expanded his rule over the whole of Russia. A shrewd, hospitable and progressive ruler, later to become the benevolent "Red Sun" of Russian folklore, he adopted the Christian faith from the Greeks in 989 and is now recognized as a saint by the Christian churches. Vladimir Volkoff has written several plays and novels and has won the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Academie Francaise, the Prix Chateaubriand and the Prix Jules Verne.
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Prince Vladimir of Kiev converted to Christianity in A.D. 989, joining Russia to Europe and the Western world, not to the Asiatic. This first full-length biography of the prince concentrates on his life prior to the conversion and on the events (both political and spiritual) that led to his decision to adopt Christianity, with less detail on subsequent events. The author has relied heavily on the Russian Chronicle of Bygone Years as his source, but supplemented it with chronicles by Arab historians, Icelandic bards, and Greek monks. Differing interpretations have been relegated to extensive footnotes. The result is a highly readable, well-paced account that will appeal to nonspecialists as well as to historians. Marcia L. Sprules, Univ. of South Dakota Lib., Vermillion
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