Marina Smilets of Bulgaria
Marina Smilets was the eldest daughter of tsar Smilets of Bulgaria and his Byzantine wife, tentatively called Smiltsena Palaiologina. The date and the place of Marinas birth are unknown, but she was born before her fathers ascension on the Bulgarian throne in 1292 and her mother was the daughter of sebastocrator Constantine Palaiologos and niece of Michael VIII Palaiologos. In the histories she was called just Smiltsena, without a name being given, Marina was the elder sister of tsar Ivan II of Bulgaria and Theodora, queen-consort of Serbia. Marina Smilets was maternal aunt of King - and later, Emperor - Stefan Uroš IV Dušan of Serbia, Tsar Smilets died in 1298 and Ivan II of Bulgaria succeeded him as emperor in Tarnovo. The new tsar was a child, and the government was in the hands of the widowed empress Smiltsena, Marinas mother apparently defeated Smilets brothers Radoslav and Voysil, who sought refuge in the Byzantine Empire and entered into Byzantine service. To meet this threat and the invasion of the Mongol prince Chaka, Smiltsena sought an alliance with Aldimir, Aldimir was accordingly married to Marina and, if this had not happened earlier, was given the title of despotēs and invested with an extensive landholding around Kran.
As his wife, Marina was granted the title of despina of Kran, despina Marina gave birth to a son, called Ivan Dragushin. The regents of Ivan II were unable to strengthen their position, and abandoned Tarnovo to Chaka and Ivan II settled in the possessions of Aldimir and Marina, where they may have remained until the accession of Aldimirs nephew Theodore Svetoslav to the throne in 1300. Aldimir entered into an alliance with Theodore Svetoslav and his own possessions around Kran were enlarged, Аs result Aldemir maybe asked Marinas family to leave Kran and they fled to Constantinople. In 1305 Aldemir appears to have entered negotiations with the Byzantines. Marina may have had an influence over the policy of her husband and, after Aldimirs subjugation by the Tsar, she. After 1321, Marina and her son relocated to the Kingdom of Serbia, where the power was seized by King Stefan Dečanski, Marina was treated with high respect by Dečanski and his son, Stefan Dušan, who was her nephew. In Serbia and her son were land in Polog, she retired to a monastery under the monastic name Maria.
Marina was portrayed along with a boy, а grandson of her, Marina Smilets survived her son and died on 7 April 1355
Simonida Nemanjić, born Simonis Palaiologina, was a Byzantine princess and queen consort of the Kingdom of Serbia as the fourth wife of Serbian king Stefan Milutin. She was a daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos, Simonida was born in Constantinople ca. In 1298, as a result of a Byzantine defeat, Emperor Andronikos II promised a marriage alliance to the Serbian ruler Milutin, Andronikos II intended to wed his sister Eudokia, the empress-dowager of Trebizond, but after she refused, Simonida was proposed instead. On his part, Milutin too was eager to accept, and even divorced his wife, Ana Terter. Simonida was five years old, and Milutin was almost 50, was married three times, with adult children, the marriage was celebrated in Thessalonica in spring 1299, and the couple departed for Serbia in April. As a wedding present, Byzantines recognized Serbian rule north of the line Ohrid—Prilep—Štip, Simonida showed great interest in theology and wanted to become a nun. After her mother Irene died in 1317, Simonida attended her funeral in Constantinople, when Milutins men came for her, she came to them in monastic habit.
They were shocked, but her own half-brother Constantine Palaiologos took off her monastic habit and he sent her to Serbia with Milutins men, although she was reluctant to go. After Milutin threatened to start a war, Simonida came back to him, when Milutin fell ill, she was beside him all the time, much to the surprise of the rest of the court. Milutin died on 19 October 1321, and already on 29 October, Simonida returned to Constantinople, there is very little information about her life. It is known that she order a funeral song for her fathers funeral, Simonida was last mentioned in historic documents in 1336 as an attendee at an assembly of civil and religious dignitaries, who prosecuted the conspirators against the government. She died some time after 1345 and her beauty was well known, and she was known as a figure of purity and beauty in Serbian tradition. A fresco of her in Gračanica monastery is regarded one of the most valuable frescoes in Serbian art, the fresco is partly ruined, so that Simonida has no eyes.
Milan Rakić wrote a poem about her named Simonida. Asteroid 1675 Simonida discovered by Serbian astronomer Milorad B, the frescos Simonida in the Serbian poetry of the 20th century