The Dynasty of Chernigov, 1146-1246

Overview

Historians in pre-revolutionary Russia, in the Soviet Union, in contemporary Russia, and the West have consistently relegated the dynasty of Chernigov to a place of minor importance in Kievan Rus. However, careful examination of the chronicle accounts reporting the dynasty's history during the second half of the twelfth and the first half of the thirteenth century shows that the Ol'govichi of Chernigov successfully challenged the Monomashichi for supremacy in Rus. Through a critical analysis of the available ...
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Overview

Historians in pre-revolutionary Russia, in the Soviet Union, in contemporary Russia, and the West have consistently relegated the dynasty of Chernigov to a place of minor importance in Kievan Rus. However, careful examination of the chronicle accounts reporting the dynasty's history during the second half of the twelfth and the first half of the thirteenth century shows that the Ol'govichi of Chernigov successfully challenged the Monomashichi for supremacy in Rus. Through a critical analysis of the available primary sources (such as chronicles, archaeology, coins, seals, "graffiti" in churches, and architecture) this book attempts to correct the pervading erroneous view by allocating to the Ol'govichi their rightful place in the dynastic hierarchy of Kievan Rus.
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"...all readers will be impressed with the hard work and great erudition Dimnik exhibits in this volume." Eve Levin, American Historical Review

"This new monograph serves as the superlative reference work on the chronology of the many peoples, events, and places related to the political history of Chernigov, meticulously reconstructed by the author based on the oft-overwhelming data of the chronicles. The importance of Dimnik's book also lies in its rehabilitaion of the commonly neglected but important Chernigov dynasty." Speculum Roman K. Kovalev, College of New Jersey

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521039819
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/27/2007
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Dimnik is Professor of Medieval History, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of maps
List of genealogical tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronological table of events
Glossary
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The third generation continued: 1146-1164 14
Igor fails in Kiev 14
Svyatoslav Ol'govich fights for survival 26
Svyatoslav flees to the Vyatichi lands 34
Bishop Onufry champions Klim Smolyatich 39
Svyatoslav recovers the Vyatichi lands 41
The Davidovichi plot treachery 43
Igor's death 45
Svyatoslav reclaims the Posem'e 48
The princes of Chernigov and Izyaslav of Kiev reconciled 52
The Ol'govichi help Yury capture Kiev 55
Svyatoslav translates Igor's body to Chernigov 59
Vladimir Davidovich falls in battle 62
Izyaslav Davidovich in Chernigov 66
Svyatoslav Ol'govich maintains ties with Polotsk 69
The razing of Gorodets and Yury's revenge 70
Monomashichi, Mstislavichi, Davidovichi in Kiev 72
The princes of Chernigov and the church 78
Junior Ol'govichi and Davidovichi rebel 79
Yury's death 81
Izyaslav Davidovich in Kiev 82
Svyatoslav Ol'govich intervenes in Polotsk 85
Izyaslav loses Kiev 86
Metropolitan Konstantin's death in Chernigov 90
Izyaslav the fugitive 91
Izyaslav's intrigue 96
Izyaslav dies fighting for Kiev 97
Svyatoslav Ol'govich as senior prince 101
Svyatoslav's death 103
Rivalry for succession to Chernigov 105
2 The fourth generation: 1164-1201 108
Births, marriages, and deaths 108
Svyatoslav Vsevolodovich faces two problems 110
The Mstislavichi fight for Kiev 112
An All-Rus campaign against the Polovtsy 114
The princes of Rus sack Kiev 115
The aftermath 119
Igor's first victory against the Polovtsy 122
Svyatoslav builds a church and harbors a fugitive 124
Svyatoslav makes a bid for Kiev 125
Svyatoslav declines the offer to rule Kiev 128
Rivalry for succession in Suzdalia 130
Oleg challenges Svyatoslav for domains 131
Svyatoslav: kingmaker in Suzdalia 134
Svyatoslav captures Kiev 135
Svyatoslav fortifies his friendship with the princes of Suzdalia and Smolensk 137
Marriages, deaths, and alliances 139
Svyatoslav antagonizes his allies over Novgorod, Ryazan, and Kiev 144
Svyatoslav attacks Suzdalia 147
Svyatoslav in Novgorod 148
Svyatoslav: co-ruler with Ryurik 150
Svyatoslav and Vsevolod reconciled 152
Church and dynastic affairs 153
Svyatoslav sends Igor in pursuit of the Polovtsy 156
Igor and Yaroslav boycott Svyatoslav's campaign 158
Igor conducts a separate raid 161
Khan Konchak attacks Rus 162
Igor's defeat at the Kayala 163
Domestic affairs 181
Bishop Profiry's perfidy 184
Three princely deaths 185
The Polovtsy renew their incursions 187
Marriage alliances and family ties 189
Rivalry for Galich 191
Vsevolod of Suzdalia defends Vladimir Yaroslavich in Galich 193
The first intra-dynastic marriage in the dynasty 195
The Khan Kuntuvdey affair 196
Svyatoslav's disagreement with Ryurik 197
The Ol'govichi renew their raids on the Polovtsy 200
The Duumvirs fail to negotiate peace with the nomads 202
Svyatoslav's death 205
Vsevolod challenges Ryurik's allocation of towns 212
The Monomashichi make an unreasonable demand on Yaroslav 214
The Ol'govichi attack Vitebsk 217
The death of Vsevolod "Fierce Aurochs" 221
Yaroslav's agreements with Vsevolod, Novgorod, and Ryazan 223
The Ol'govichi in Novgorod 228
Important political and ecclesiastical developments 230
Yaroslav's death 231
Igor as senior prince 232
Igor's death 237
3 The fifth generation: 1201-1223 241
The reign of Oleg Svyatoslavich in Chernigov 241
Vsevolod Chermnyy forms a pact with Mstislav of Smolensk 249
Vsevolod Chermnyy and Ryurik fail to capture Galich 251
The Igorevichi occupy Galich 253
Vsevolod Chermnyy evicts Ryurik from Kiev 255
Rivalries for Kiev and Vladimir in Volyn 257
Vsevolod Chermnyy loses Kiev the second time 260
Rivalries for Galich 263
Vsevolod Chermnyy consolidates his rule in Kiev 267
The hangings 270
Vsevolod Chermnyy's revenge and death 276
An evaluation of Vsevolod's reign 280
A time of temporizing 287
Mstislav Svyatoslavich as senior prince 291
The Kalka battle 293
4 The sixth generation: 1223-1246 299
Mikhail becomes Yury's agent in Novgorod 300
Dynastic crisis and marriage alliances 302
Mikhail and Vladimir of Kiev at odds with Daniil of Volyn 306
Mikhail returns to Novgorod as its prince 310
Mikhail antagonizes Yaroslav over Novgorod 315
The snem of 1231 and Mikhail's attack on Kiev 320
Mikhail relinquishes Novgorod to Yaroslav 324
Mikhail captures Kiev 326
Mikhail's rule in Galich 332
Mikhail returns to Kiev 337
Mikhail's son Rostislav loses Galich 341
The Tatars invade Ryazan and Suzdalia 342
Mikhail seeks sanctuary in Kamenets 347
The Tatars raze Chernigov 349
Mikhail's odyssey 353
The fall of Kiev and the aftermath 356
Rostislav fights for control of Galicia 360
Rostislav deserts his father 364
Baty makes all princes of Rus submit to him 366
Mikhail's death 368
Mikhail's family 374
Descendants of other families 380
Conclusion 384
Genealogical tables 393
Select bibliography 399
Index 415
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