Principality of Yaroslavl

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Principality of Yaroslavl
Ярославское княжество (Russian)
Capital Yaroslavl
Languages Official language:
Religion Official religion:
Russian Orthodox
Government Principality
   Established 1218
   Disestablished 1463
Currency Unknown
Today part of  Russia

The Principality of Yaroslavl was an eastern Slavic principality, which existed in 1218—1463. Its first independent prince was Vsyevolod Konstantinovich, who died fighting the Mongols on the Siti river, March 4, 1238. Yaroslavl had been sacked in February. His son Vasilii took over briefly before a group of princes decided Vasilii's son-in-law should be ruler: Fedor Rostislavich Cherni, son of the ruler of Smolensk. His second wife was Anna, a daughter to the warlord Mengu-Timur. In 1332 Ivan I of Moscow burnt down Yaroslavl under the Khan's orders. Then he forced the prince, Vasilii Davidovich Groznii to marry his daughter Yevdokia. Vasilii tried to be independent, adopting the title Grand prince and allying with Tver but the Khan ordered him to stay loyal to Moscow. The last Grand Prince of Yaroslavl was Aleksandr Fedorovich Brukhatii who was forced to sign away the succession to Ivan III. Having emerged from the Principality of Rostov, in 14th-15th centuries it dissipated into udels[1] and was ultimately incorporated into Grand Duchy of Moscow.


  1. Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1978), vol. 30, p. 559

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