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The Principality of Volhynia was a western Kievan Rus' principality founded by the Rurik dynasty in 987 centered in the region of Volhynia, straddling the borders of modern-day Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland. From 1069 to 1118 it belong to Izyaslavichi who primarily ruled from Turov (see Principality of Turov). After losing Turov to Monomakhovichi in 1105, the descendants of Izyaslav Yaroslavovich for a few years continued to rule in Volhynia. From 1154 to 1199 the principality was named Principality of Vladimir when the Principality of Lutsk (1154-1228) was separated.

Principality of Volhynia

Волинське князівство
987–1199
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Coat of arms
Principality of Volhynia (shown in orange)
Principality of Volhynia (shown in orange)
CapitalVolodymyr
Common languagesOld East Slavic
Religion
Eastern Orthodox
GovernmentMonarchy
History 
• Established
987
• Disestablished
1199
Preceded by
Succeeded by
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Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia Alex K Halych-Volhynia.svg

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TerritoryEdit

The principality held the lands of the historic region of Volhynia from where it acquired its name. The capital of the principality as well as the largest and most important city of the region was Volodymyr. Other notable cities in the principality include Kremenets, Lutsk, Busk, Dorogobuzh, Brest, Belz and Shumsk.

 
Principality of Volhynia in beige.

HistoryEdit

The Principality of Volhynia along with her sister state, the Principality of Halych were formed by sons of the ruling Rurik dynasty in Kiev. Following the fragmentation of Kievan Ruthenia, the principality achieved autonomy in 1154.

Following the death of the prince of Halych Volodymyr Yaroslavovych in 1199, the Halych line of the Rurik dynasty had become extinct and the prince of Volhynia, Roman the Great annexed the principality, moved his seat to the city of Old Halych and formed the united Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia.

PrincesEdit

Rurikind / YaroslavovychiEdit

Rurikind / VolodymyrovychiEdit

Yaroslavovychi / IzyaslavovychiEdit

  • 1069 - 1086 Yaropolk Izyaslavich (King of Rus since 1078)
    • 1073 - 1078 occupation by Olehovychi (Oleg I of Chernigov)
    • 1086 - 1100 occupation by Ihorevychi (Davyd Ihorevych)
  • 1099 - 1100 Mstislav Svyatopolchych
  • 1100 - 1118 Yaroslav Svyatopolchych

MonomakhovychiEdit

Monomakhovychi / Mstislavovychi (senior line)Edit

Piast vs RurikindEdit

  • 1323 - 1325 Volodymyr Lvovych
  • 1325 - 1340 Yuri II Bolesław
    • 1323 - 1349 Halych boyars led by Dmytro Dedko

GedeminasEdit

  • 1340 - 1392 War for succession of the Kingdom of Rus between Poland and Lithuania
  • 1430s - 1452 Švitrigaila during the civil war in Lithuania