On the issue of «Chernigov rule» of prince Ryurik Rostislavich

Author(s):  S.N. Abukov, candidate of Sciences, Donetsk National University, Donetsk, legusha@list.ru

Issue:  Volume 45, № 4

Rubric:  Topical issues of russian history

Annotation:  The article is devoted to the most controversial issue of the biography of Kiev Prince Ryurik Rostislavich – one of the greatest ancient Russian princes at the turn of the XII–XIII centuries, namely the date and place of his death. Despite the obvious evidence of the chronicles, the author, analyzing the material available, paying special attention to the political situation of that time, suggested that the prince never ruled Chernigov, and his "reign" is a mistake, later replicated in other chronicles. The possible causes of such a message are suggested in the article. However, it is difficult to completely ignore the news of Ryurik's stay in Chernigov, where his status had nothing to do with the ruling in the capital of Olgovichi. The main reason for his fall - the loss of support from the princes and allies, which led to the decline of his political career. According to the author, the date of death of Ryurik Rostislavich pointed in old chronicles, are the result of an error. The former Prince of Kiev died soon after 1210.

Keywords:  Ryurik Rostislavich, Rus’, Kiev, Chernigov, prince, policy, Rurikides.

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