Dmitri Mikhailovich the Terrible Eyes Rurik of Tver, Prince of Tver, Grand Prince of Vladimir, was born 1299 to Mikhail Yaroslavich of Tver (1271-1318) and Anna Dmitriyevna of Kashin (c1280-1368) and died 15 September 1326 of execution. He married Maria of Lithuania (1300-1349) .

Dmitri Mikhailovich of Tver (Russian: Дми́трий Миха́йлович Тверcко́й) (1299 – September 15, 1326), nicknamed The Terrible Eyes (Гро́зные О́чи), was a Grand Prince of Vladimir (from 1322 to 1326) and Grand Prince of Tver (from 1318 to 1326). He was a son of Mikhail of Tver and Anna of Kashin.

Dmitri continued his father's fight with Grand Prince Yuri Danilovich of Moscow for the Jarlig that is, the diploma or patent of office for the title of Grand Prince of Vladimir-Suzdal, which was granted by the Khan of the Golden Horde. The title was much desired because the Grand Prince of Vladimir-Suzdal was the khan's tax-collector in Rus', and as such could gain authority and real power over the other princes of Rus'.

Following Yuri's machinations which led the khan to grant the jarlig to Moscow and their father's execution at the Horde in 1318, Dmitri and his brother, Aleksandr, fought a series of battles with [[Yuri Danilovich and intrigued against him at the Horde, culminating in Dmitri's acquisition of the jarlig of office for the grand princely throne in 1322 and his murder of Yuri Danilovich at the Horde (in Sarai) three years later. Dmitri was himself arrested for the murder and executed in Sarai on the orders of Uzbeg Khan in 1326. His remains were taken back to Tver and interred in the cathedral of Tver there.[1]


  1. ^ John Fennell, "Princely Executions in the Horde 1308-1339," Forschungen zur Osteuropaischen Geschichte 38 (1988), 9-19; Jeremiah Curtin, The Mongols in Russia (Boston: Adamant Media Corporation,2002), 310-311; Janet Martin, Medieval Russia 980-1584 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 176-177.


Offspring of Dmitri of Tver and Maria of Lithuania (1300-1349)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Konstantin Dmitriyevich of Tver (c1325-c1330) 1325 1330


Offspring of Mikhail Yaroslavich of Tver (1271-1318) and Anna Dmitriyevna of Kashin (c1280-1368)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Fyodora Mikhailovna of Tver (c1296-c1297) 1296 1297
Dmitri Mikhailovich of Tver (1299-1326) 1299 15 September 1326 Maria of Lithuania (1300-1349)
Aleksandr Mikhailovich of Tver (1301-1339) 7 October 1301 29 October 1339 Anastasia Yuryevna of Halych (c1293-c1364)
Konstantin Mikhailovich of Tver (1302-1345) 1302 1345 Sofya Yuryevna of Moscow (c1303-c1355)
Vasili Mikhailovich of Tver (c1304-1368) 1304 1368 Yelena Ivanovna


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