Dmitry of Tver

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Dmitry Mikhaylovich of Tver (Russian: Дми́трий Миха́йлович Тверcко́й) (1299 – September 15, 1326), nicknamed The Fearsome Eyes (Гро́зные О́чи), was a Grand Prince of Tver (from 1318 to 1326) and Grand Prince of Vladimir (from 1322 to 1326). He was a son of Mikhail of Tver and Anna of Kashin.[1][2]

Dmitri avenging the death of his father in the ordo (palace) of Uzbeg Khan, killing Yury.

Dmitry continued his father's fight with Grand Prince Yuri Danilovich of Moscow for the yarlik (also iarlik) that is, the diploma or patent of office for the title of Grand Prince of Vladimir, which was granted by the Khan of the Golden Horde. The title was much desired because the Grand Prince of Vladimir was the khan's tax-collector in Rus', and as such could gain authority and real power over the other princes of Rus'.

Following Yury's machinations which led the khan to grant the yarlik to Moscow and their father's execution by the Horde in 1318, Dmitry and his brother, Alexander, fought a series of battles with Yury. They prevailed against him at the Horde, culminating in Dmitry's acquisition of the yarlik of office for the grand princely throne in 1322 and his murder of Yury at the Horde (in Sarai) three years later. Dmitry was himself arrested for the murder and executed in Sarai on the orders of Uzbeg Khan in 1326. His remains were taken back to Tver and interred in the cathedral there.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Curtin, Jeremiah (2019). The Mongols in Russia. Wentworth Press. pp. 300–311. ISBN 978-0469350045.
  2. ^ Martin, Janet (2007). Medieval Russia, 980-1584 (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 176–177. ISBN 978-0-511-37005-2. OCLC 761647272.
  3. ^ Fennell, John. Princely executions in the Horde: 1308-1339 (Historische VeroÌlffentlichungen). 1986.CS1 maint: location (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Dmitry I of Tver at Wikimedia Commons

Regnal titles
Preceded by
Grand Prince of Vladimir-Suzdal
Succeeded by
Alexander I
Preceded by
Mikhail Yaroslavich
Prince of Tver