Prince of Pereyaslavl

The Prince of Pereiaslavl was the kniaz (the ruler or sub-ruler) of the Rus Principality of Pereiaslavl, a lordship based on the city of Pereiaslavl on the Trubezh river[1] and straddling extensive territory to the east in what are now parts of Ukraine. It lay on Rus civilization's southern frontier with the steppe.

Coat of Arms Pereiaslav

The principality emerges was apportioned as the inheritance of Vsevolod I of Kiev(Kyiv, son of Yaroslav the Wise; his brother Sviatoslav received Chernigov, while Smolensk went to Viacheslav and Volodymyr to Igor; this ladder of succession is related to the seniority order mentioned above.[2] Vsevolod's appanage included the northern lands of Rostov and the lightly colonised north-eastern zone of Rus (see Vladimir-Suzdal).[3]

The Primary Chronicle recorded that in 988 Vladimir had assigned the northern lands (later associated with Pereyaslavl) to Yaroslav.[4] The town was destroyed by the Mongols in March 1239, the first of the great Rus cities to fall.[5] Certainly from the reign of Vsevolod Yaroslavich, the princes of Pereyaslavl held the principality of Rostov-Suzdal, which was heavily colonized by Slavs thereafter, a process which strengthened the region's power and independence, separating the two regions.[6]

In 1132, Yaropolk became Grand Prince on his brother Mstislav's death, while the Monomashichi descended into general internecine conflict over the Pereyaslavl principality. Yaropolk appointed Vsevolod Mstislavich, prince of Novgorod, to the principality of Pereiaslavl - in this era designated heir to the Kievan throne[7] - thus provoking Yaropolk's younger brother Yuri Dolgoruki, controller of Suzdal, into war. Yuri drove out Vsevolod, whom Yaropolk then replaced with Iziaslav. An agreement was reached by 1134 between Yuri and Yaropolk that their common brother Vyacheslav would take the throne of Pereyaslavl.[8]

List of princes of PereyaslavlEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Martin, Medieval Russia, p. 4.
  2. ^ Martin, Medieval Russia, p. 26.
  3. ^ See Cawley, Charles (7 December 2010), RUSSIA, Rurik: VSEVOLOD I 1076-1078, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[self-published source][better source needed].
  4. ^ Martin, Medieval Russia, p. 38.
  5. ^ Martin, Medieval Russia, p. 139.
  6. ^ Cross (ed.), The Russian Primary Chronicle, p. 297.
  7. ^ Martin, Medieval Russia, p. 174.
  8. ^ Martin, Medieval Russia, pp. 105-6.


  • Cross, Samuel Hazzard; Sherbowitz-Wetzor, Olgerd, eds. (1953), The Russian Primary Chronicle: Laurentian Text, The Medieval Academy of America Publication No. 60, Cambridge, MA: Medieval Academy of America
  • Franklin, Simon; Shepard, Jonathan (1996), The Emergence of Rus, 750-1200, Longman History of Russia, London & New York: Longman, ISBN 0-582-49091-X, OCLC 185370857
  • Martin, Janet (1995), Medieval Russia, 970-1584, Cambridge Medieval Textbooks, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-36832-4, OCLC 185317829

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