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Before 1793 French kings swore allegiance on the Reims Gospel, brought from Kyiv

This Slavonic-language Gospel was brought to France by Anna Yaroslavna (Anna de Russi) who was daughter of the Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise. In 1049, she married the French king Henri I and became Queen of France.

She is known in history as grand-grand mother of 30 French kings. Her sculpture is the main adornment of the portal of St. Vincent Church in the town of Saint-Lys (France) that she founded in 1060. A mural of Anna can be also seen in St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv.