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Qirwerne (Qirwerneje) of Abyssinia

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  • Gender  Female 
    Person ID  I32953  Ellis-Pagoria Family Tree
    Last Modified  23 Dec 2012 
    Father  Mairari Prince of Abyssinia 
    Mother  Unknown 
    Family ID  F14391  Group Sheet
    Family  Andronikos Kamateros Doukas,   b. 1108,   d. 1176 
     1. Euphrosyne (Kamateros (Kamaterina) Doukania,   b. 1143,   d. 1211
    Family ID  F14389  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Audrey Maxine Ellis' 23rd Great Grandmother

      There is a story that the Ethiopian Emperor Lalibela, who, accompanied by his "troublesome" sister, Qirwerne, traveled to the Holy Land and visited the Byzantine Emperor at Constantinople. There at the imperial court he and his sister appear to have met Izyaslav II of Kiev/Russia who was there visiting the emperor during the time of their visit. There are also undocumented legends about Lalibela and his sister that probably are based on actual events. Qirwerne remained at the imperial court at Constantinople after Lalibela returned to Ethiopia. Meantime, the Ethiopian Princess married twice: once [in 1153] to Izyaslav II of Kiev/Russia (d1154), and, upon returning to Constantinople after her first husband's death, Qirwerne married secondly [in 1158] to Andronikos Dukas Kamateros, a Byzantine prince (d1176), by whom she was the mother of Euphrosyne (d1211), wife/empress of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius III (d1210), which gives a "gateway" from Africa to Europe (see below). The story about the involvement of an un-named widow of an un-named king and Andronikos Kamateros [reminds one of the story of the sister of England's King Henry VIII, namely, Princess/Queen Mary, widow of King Louis XII of France, and her subsequent involvement and marriage to Charles Brandon, an English squire] is the basis for the identification of the second husband of the Ethiopian princess, for circumstantial evidence clearly identifies this un-named widow to have been Lalibela's "troublesome" sister, Qirwerne, and the un-named king to have been Izyaslav II, her first husband [his 3rd marriage] who died shortly after their marriage.

      "Descents From Antiquity": gateway from Africa to Europe