7 JULY 2022
12:00 ET | 17:00 LONDON | 18:00 PARIS | 19:00 KYIV
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Popularly known outside Ukraine and the scholarly circles for his youthful amorous exploits imagined by Lord Byron, in real life Ivan Mazepa was surrounded by strong women, whose fates became inextricably entangled with his. The talk focuses on Mazepa’s mother, a formidable pluralistic holder of two ecclesiastical benefices, as well as his sister, nieces, and first and second cousins. Tracing these women in historical records requires considerable time and effort, which is surprising given that they were Mazepa’s helpers in delicate matters of state, could be instrumentalised in his opponents’ political intrigues, and suffered for their association with the Hetman after the Poltava debacle. Yet following Mazepa’s downfall and death his less exposed female kin benefited from the same association and found a safe haven in the bosom of the Kyivan Orthodox Church, whose hierarchy showed tacit loyalty to their erstwhile patron by protecting Mazepa’s women.