Xenia Borisovna

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Xenia Borisovna Godunova (Russian: Ксения Борисовна Годунова) (1582–1622) was a Russian Tsarevna, daughter of Tsar Boris Godunov, and sister of Tsar Feodor II of Russia.

Tsarevna Xenia Borisovna
Makovsky False Dmitrys agents murdering Feodor Godunov and his mother 1862.jpg
K.Makovski. False Dmitry's agents murdering Feodor Godunov and his mother. Ksenia is above her mother's body.
Died30 August [O.S. 20 August] 1622
(aged 40)
Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius
Godunov Mausoleum in front of the Cathedral of the Assumption at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius
FatherBoris Godunov
MotherMaria Grigorievna Skuratova-Belskaya


She was described as very beautiful and well educated. Among her fiancés were:

Xenia remained a maiden until her father's death in 1605, when her brother Feodor become a Tsar. Some months later, when the Time of Troubles started, her mother and her brother, Feodor, were killed by order of False Dmitriy I.

Godunov Mausoleum in front of the Cathedral of the Assumption at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius where Xenia's name is inscribed on the leftmost plaque as "the Nun Olga Borisovna".

She was spared, but False Dmitriy raped her and kept her in his palace as a concubine lasting five months. Before the arrival of his bride Marina Mniszech, Xenia was sent to the Voskresensky Monastery in Beloozero[1] and forced to take monastic vows, whereupon she was given the name "Olga". Subsequently, she was transferred to the Assumption Princess Monastery in Vladimir.

In 1606 she sojourned to the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius to attend the reburial of her father; vestments she sewed as a nun are on display at that Lavra.

Her name is inscribed as "Nun Olga Borisovna" at the crypt of the Godunovs near the entrance of the Assumption Cathedral at Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra where she is buried with her parents and brother.

In the artsEdit

She is one of the characters in Mussorgsky's opera Boris Godunov, but plays only a minor role in the story.

She also appears in Antonín Dvořák's opera Dimitrij, where the False Dmitry and her relationship to him is portrayed in a more sympathetic light. The opera is only loosely based on the historical account; she is murdered on Marina Mniszech's orders rather than sent to the monastic life.

A fictionalized dramatization of her life during the time of troubles appeared in the Russian film 1612, where she was played by actress Violetta Davydovskaya.


  1. ^ Pushkareva, Natalia (1997). Women in Russian History: From the Tenth to the Twentieth Century (New Russian History). M. E. Sharpe, Inc. p. 319. ISBN 1-56324-798-4.