Mstislav II Izyaslavich of Kiev (Мстислав Изяславич - князь киевский), Prince of Pereyaslavl, Prince of Volhynia, Grand Prince of Kiev, was born 1125 to Izyaslav II Mstislavich of Kiev (c1097-1154) and Agnes of the Holy Roman Empire (c1116-1151) and died 19 August 1170 in Vladimir-Volynsky, Volodymyr-Volynskyi Rayon, Volyn Oblast, Ukraine of unspecified causes. Notable ancestors include Alfred the Great (849-899), Charlemagne (747-814). Ancestors are from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy.

Mstislav Izyaslavich, in the western tradition Mstislav II (1125-19 August 1170), Grand Duke of Kiev (15 May 1167-12 March 1169; 22 Feb 1170-13 April 1170), Prince of Pereyaslavl (1146-1149, 1151-1154), Prince of Peresopnytsia (1155-1156), Prince of Volhynia (1156-1170). He is the son of the Grand Prince of Kiev Izyaslav Mstislavovich and his wife, Agnes of the Holy Roman Empire.

Early Years

See also: The internecine war in Russia (1146-1154)

Mstislav Izyaslavich moved into the political arena in 1146, when his father Izyaslav Mstislavich expelled Igor Olgovich from the Grand Principality of Kiev and from the Principality of Novgorod-Seversky. Following this Izyaslav installed Mstislav as Prince of Pereyaslavl from 1151 to 1154. Mstislav Izyaslavich participated in almost all wars of his father with Yuri Dovgoruky; in 1152 he brought to the aid of his father a large Hungarian army, which south of Peremyshl on the San River defeated Vladimir Volodarevich, an ally of Yuri.

In 1153 he twice defeated the Polovtsians, on the banks of the rivers Orel and Psyol.

After the death of his father (1154), Mstislav, along with his uncle Rostislav Mstislavich, who had become Grand Prince of Kiev, and his nephew Svyatoslav Vsevolodovich got in conflict with Izyaslav Davydovich, who was also claiming to rule Kiev. At that time Vyacheslav Vladimirovich died in Kiev, Yuri Dovgoruky moved from Suzdal to Kiev. To help Izyaslav came Gleb Yuryevich and the Polovtsians. As a result Rostislav renounced Kiev for himself and to Pereyaslavl for his nephew, which caused Mstislav's indignation and the withdrawal of troops. In 1154, having been surrounded by Yuri Dovgoruky's troops, he fled to Poland, returning to Volhynia in 1155. The Polovtsians struck at the Allied forces and took many prisoners, including [Svyatoslav III Vsevolodovich of Kiev (c1123-1194)|Svyatoslav Vsevolodovich]] (later rescued from captivity by Izyaslav Davydovich). Mstislav had to flee to his brother in Lutsk.

WladimirWolynsk Uspenski Cathedral

Assumption Cathedral (Vladimir-Volynsky), built by Mstislav Izyaslavich

In 1155, besieged by Yuri in Lutsk, Mstislav retired to Poland, but the following year he appeared with new troops in Volhynia, drove out his uncle Vladimir. Yuri's campaign against Mstislav was unsuccessful. Mstislav joined the coalition with Uncle Rostislav and Izyaslav Davydovich against Yuri. At this time (1157) the latter passed away; the throne of Kiev was taken by Izyaslav Davydovich.

The fight against Izyaslav Davydovich

See also: The internecine war in Russia (1158-1161)

[[File:Ростислав и Мстислав при кончине Изяслава.jpg|thumb|250px|left|Rostislav and his nephew Mstislav find the dying Izyaslav. Drawing by Boris Chorikov.

Already at the end of 1158 Izyaslav Davydovich supported the claims to the throne of Halych of [[Ivan Rostislavich Berladnik (c1110-1162)}ivan Berladnik]], the cousin Yaroslav Osmomysl. Izyaslav's cousin Svyatoslav Olgovich joined the union of Halych, Volhynia and Smolensk, which, after the transfer of Izyaslav to Kiev, took Chernigov. For several years Izyaslav, with the help of the Polovtsians and the Prince of Novgorod-Seversky Svyatoslav Vsevolodovich, fought for Kiev and Chernigov, but without success. Mstislav with help from Halych expelled Izyaslav Davydovich twice from Kiev, however, both times gave the throne to the elder in the family of Mstislavich, his uncle Rostislav. For this Mstislav received from him an inheritance in the Kiev land with the cities of Belgorod Kievsky, Trepol and Torchesk, pledging to protect the south of Russia from the raids of the Polovtsians[.

Grand Prince of Kiev

After having consolidated his position in Volhynia, Mstislav started the struggle for the rule of Kiev. In 1160 he took the city and installed his uncle, the Prince of Smolensk Rostislav Mstislavich on the throne of Kiev. After his death, in 1167, he became Grand Duke of Kiev.

Mstislav Izjaslavich

Mstislav Izyaslavich. Image from the Russian Biographical Dictionary


The Kievites called Mstislav to the great reign in 1167, after Rostislav Mstislavich's death. According to the Laurentian Chronicle, Mstislav expelled his uncle Vladimir Mstislavich from Kiev. According to the Ipatiev Chronicle, Vladimir Mstislavich was at the head of a coalition of princes who were going to recognize Mstislav as a Kiev prince in exchange for Kiev's volosts for himself, and Mstislav sent a nephew, Vasilko Yaropolchich, to Kiev ahead of him, instructing him to sit in Kiev before his arrival, and in the meantime joined with his allies from Halych, Poland and Gorodensk allies. In 1168 , in alliance with other princes, he defeated the Polovtsians over Orel and Snoporod .

In March 1169, Kyiv defending Prince Andrei of Bogolyubovo's forces , but was forced to leave the city and retreat to Volyn. In 1170 Kiev again took over. He died in Vladimir-Volynsky, was buried in the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin .

Vladimir Mstislavich was defeated by Mstislav at Vyshgorod, but Mstislav had to agree with the presence in the Kiev land of the possessions of the Rostislavich family : Rurik Rostislavich kept Mr. Ovruch (Vruchiy), and Mstislav Rostislavich - Vyshgorod .

A noteworthy circumstance in connection with the collection of troops for a campaign against the Polovtsians mentions the chronicle: "Then the Ol'govichi was in the will of Mstislav . " In the spring of 1168, Mstislav undertook a great campaign against the Polovtsians at the head of the Kiev, Chernigov-Severny, Pereyaslavl, Volhynian, Turov and Gorodensk regiments, inflicted a heavy defeat on the "Black Forest" , secured trade routes, seized enormous booty, and freed many Russian prisoners. This victory glorified Mstislav and led to the fact that the Novgorodians in the same year expelled Prince Svyatoslav Rostislavich and asked Mstislav for the reign of his son - Roman Mstislavich. However, such a sharp increase has troubled the princes of the north and the Suzdal (their role was played by the fact that they traditionally were in league with the Polovtsians, while the Kievites relied on black hoods).

In 1169, Andrei Bogolyubsky gathered against Mstislav a grand army led by his son Mstislav , which included most of the Russian princes, including Smolensk Rostislavich. Despite the fact that the campaign was not supported by Chernigov prince Svyatoslav Vsevolodovich , the Galician prince Yaroslav Vladimirovich, the Turks and Gorodensky princes, Mstislav could not keep Kiev (March 1169 ) and retired to Volhynia, leaving the family in the hands of the enemies.

Prince of Kiev was not himself Andrew Bogolyubsky, and his younger brother Gleb Pereyaslavsky, but the people of Kiev did not want to put up with the new order. Knowing their moods, in March 1170 , Mstislav entered the Kiev land with the Lutsk, Galician, Turov and Gorodensk regiments, occupied the Porosye and entered Kiev, whose inhabitants opened the gates to their beloved prince without a fight. Davyd Rostislavich took a siege in Vyshgorod, and Gleb Yurievich fled to the Polovtsy and led an army from them. Meanwhile, the allies, starting with the Galicians, left Mstislav, and in April 1170he was again forced to leave Kiev and go to Volyn. In August of the same year, Mstislav Izyaslavich died of a disease in Vladimir-Volynsky, but in the following year Gleb died at the reign of Kiev.

The remains of Prince Mstislav were in fact buried in the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin in Vladimir-Volynsky founded by him .


Wife from the end of 1149-1151 - Agnieszka Boleslavovna (1137 - after 1182) daughter of the Prince of Poland Boleslav III Krivoustogo - three sons:

Roman Mstislavich of Galich (about 1153-1205) - prince of Volyn (1170-1187, 1188-1199), Galician (1188), first prince of Galician-Volyn (1199-1205), Grand Duke of Kiev (1201, 1204). Vsevolod Mstislavich of Volyn (about 1155-1195) - Prince Belzsky (1170-1195), Vladimir-Volynsky (1188) Vladimir Mstislavich (about 1158-1170) [5] Perhaps from an unknown first wife or extramarital:

Svyatoslav Mstislavich (prince of Cherven) (about 1148 - at the end of 1182) [6]

Homeland and Dynastic Relations He was married to the daughter of Boleslava III of Kryvyi Rih Agneshka .

Sons + (1151) Agnieszka (1137-1182):

Mstislavich of Halych (c1152-1205) + + - Prince of Novgorod, Volyn, Galician;

Svyatoslav Mstislavich of Brest (c1155-c1200) - Prince of Brest Vladimir Mstislavich (c1158-1170) - Prince of Berezovsky (1170) Vsevolod Mstislavich of Volhynia - Prince of Volyn, Belsky.



Vladimir Monomakh

Mstislav the Great (June 1, 1076 - April 14, 1132)

Gita Vessek

Izyaslav II (1097 - November 13, 1154)

Inge I the Elder (? - 1100)

Christina the Swedish (1078 - January 18, 1122)


Mstislav II (1125 - August 19, 1170)

Friedrich I von Boeingen Hohenstäuf

Conrad III Hohenstauf (1093 - February 15, 1152)

Agnieszka von Weiblingen Saliczna


Heinrich from Comburg

Gertrude from Comburg (1095 - 1130)

Geb with Merghetheim



Offspring of Mstislav II Izyaslavich of Kiev (Мстислав Изяславич - князь киевский) and Agnes of Poland (1137-c1182)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Roman Mstislavich of Halych (c1152-1205) 1152 19 June 1205 Zawichost Predslava Ryurikovna (c1173-c1205)
Anna-Euphrosyne Angelos (c1180-c1255)

Vsevolod Mstislavich of Volhynia (c1155-1196)
Vladimir Mstislavich of Cherven (c1158-1170)

Offspring of Mstislav II Izyaslavich of Kiev (Мстислав Изяславич - князь киевский) and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Svyatoslav Mstislavich of Brest (c1148-1172)


Offspring of Izyaslav II Mstislavich of Kiev (Изяслав Мстиславич, Великий князь Киевский) and Agnes of the Holy Roman Empire (c1116-1151)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mstislav II Izyaslavich of Kiev (c1125-1170) 1125 19 August 1170 Vladimir-Volynsky, Volodymyr-Volynskyi Rayon, Volyn Oblast, Ukraine Agnes of Poland (1137-c1182)

Yaroslav II Izyaslavich of Kiev (c1127-c1180) 1127 1180 Daughter of Bohemia (c1140-c1187)

Yaropolk Izyaslavich of Shumsk (c1129-1168) 1129 5 December 1168 Tumashch
Evdokiya Izyaslavna of Kiev (c1131-c1187)
Daughter of Izyaslav II Mstislavich of Kiev (c1126-c1180) 1126 1180 Rogvolod Rogvolodovich of Polotsk (c1095-c1171)

Common ancestors of Mstislav II Izyaslavich of Kiev (c1125-1170) and Agnes of Poland (1137-c1182)

  1. Yaroslav I Vladimirovich of Kiev (c978-1054)


Footnotes (including sources)



Mstislav II Izyaslavich of Kiev (c1125-1170)
Born: c1125 Died: 1170
name=Mstislav Izyaslavich
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Izyaslav Mstislavich
Prince of Pereyaslavl
Succeeded by
Rostislav Yuryevich
Preceded by
Rostislav Yuryevich
Prince of Pereyaslavl
Succeeded by
Gleb Yuryevich (c1115-1171)
Preceded by
Yaroslav Izyaslavich
Prince of Lutsk
Succeeded by
Yaroslav Izyaslavich
Preceded by
Vladimir III Mstislavich
Prince of Volhynia
Succeeded by
Yaroslav Izyaslavich
Preceded by
Yaroslav Izyaslavich
Prince of Volhynia
Succeeded by
Yaroslav Izyaslavich
Preceded by
Izyaslav III Davydovich of Kiev (c1115-1161)
Grand Prince of Kiev
Succeeded by
Rostislav Mstislavich of Kiev (c1110-1167)
Preceded by
Rostislav Mstislavich
Grand Prince of Kiev
Succeeded by
Gleb Yuryevich (c1115-1171)
Preceded by
Gleb Yuryevich (c1115-1171)
Grand Prince of Kiev
March 1170-April 1170
Succeeded by
Gleb Yuryevich (c1115-1171)

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