Yuri II of Vladimir

Orthodox Remembrance Day: 4 February

Name means: (Georg): der Landmann (Greek.)


* 26 November 1188
4 March 1238


Yuri II Vsevolodovich was grand duke of Vladimir from the Rurikid family from 1218. He was the son of Vsevolod Yuryevich.

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


Shortly before his death in 1211, Vsevolod Yuryevich called a meeting of nobles, clergy and city citizens, from which he wanted to have a breach of the seniority principle approved: his son Yuri was to succeed him. However, this did not succeed. After Vsevolod’s death, his older brother Constantine seized power. Yuri had to flee. Only after Constantine’s death in 1218 was he able to take over the reign. In 1221 he founded Nizhny Novgorod. Yuri’s rule was marked above all by efforts to secure the position of power that his father had fought for for the Principality of Vladimir. Yuri was able to secure the rule of Novgorod, lead successful campaigns against the Volga Ulgars and assert his supremacy on several Russian princes. At the beginning of March 1238, he fell while trying to stop the Tatars advancing throughout Russia on the Sit River. Vladimir also fell under the rule of the Tatars. Thus, the short heyday of the Grand Duchy was over for the time being. The Russian northeast disintegrated again after Yuri’s death, with the exception of the brief restoration of central power under Alexander Nevsky. His younger brother Yaroslav II succeeded Yuri II.


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