Vasili Davidovich of Yaroslavl, Prince of Yaroslavl, was born 1311 in Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia to David Fyodorovich of Yaroslavl (c1285-1321) and Nomen nescio and died 1345 Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia of unspecified causes.

Vasili Davidovich of Yaroslavl (Russian: Василий Давыдович Грозные Очи), nicknamed "Menacing Eyes", ruled the Principality of Yaroslavl from 1321-45. While it is generally assumed he was the son of David Fyodorovich of Yaroslavl, some genealogies assume he is the son or even grandson of Fyodor Rostislavich Chyornyi's first son Mikhail Fyodorovich of Yaroslavl (1276-1287). [1] All genealogies agree however that he was a direct descendant of Fyodor Rostislavich Chyornyi

Vasili ruled the Principality of Yaroslavl at a time when Moscow was expanding and seeking supremacy over other principalities nearby in (northeastern Russia).

In about 1330s, Vasili Davidovich married Yevdokiya Ivanovna of Moscow, a daughter of Ivan Kalita, Grand Prince of Moscow. They had three sons: Vasili Vasilyevich, Gleb Vasilyevich and Roman Vasilyevich (who became Prince of Romanov). Despite his marriage, Vasili Davidovich never acknowledged the overlordship of Moscow, and defiantly called himself the Grand Prince of Yaroslavl.

Ivan Kalita's priority of the time was to break the power of Tver, which was a serious contender to Moscow. He complained to Uzbek Khan about the refusal of various princes to acknowledge the supremacy of Moscow. As a consequence, the ruler of the Golden Horde summoned the princes who opposed Ivan Kalita's demands: Alesandr Mikhailovich of Tver, Vasili Davidovich of Yaroslavl and Roman Mikhailovich of Beloozero to Sarai. Ivan Kalita fearing that a joint action of these princes against, him sent a detachment of 500 men to seize Vasili, who was able to avoid being stopped and arrived safely to Sarai. But the three princes were not able to shake the Khan's confidence in Ivan Kalita.

After Ivan Kalita's death in 1340, princes Vasili Davidovich of Yaroslavl and Konstantin Mikhailovich of Tver returned to Sarai, claiming the right to the title and position of Grand Prince of Moscow and requested the investiture of the Golden Horde. Uzbek Khan ultimately preferred Simeon Ivanovich, son of the late Ivan Kalita. Vasili was forced to accept and to recognize the primacy of the new Grand Prince of Moscow. In the same year, like all the other princes of northern Russia, Vasili Davidovich took part in the campaign of the Grand Principality of Moscow against the Republic of Novgorod and the siege of Torzhok.

Vasili Davidovich died in winter 1345 and was buried in the Transfiguration Monastery of Yaroslavl.

After Vasili's death, the principality of Yaroslavl disintegrated into small principalities and completely succumbed to the power of Moscow.


  1. ^ Detlev Schwennicke - Europäische Stammtafeln, Vol II, 1936


Offspring of Vasili Davidovich of Yaroslavl and Yevdokiya Ivanovna of Moscow (1324-1342)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Vasili Vasilyevich of Yaroslavl (c1339-c1380) 1339 Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia 1380 Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia Unknown Yuryevna of Smolensk
Gleb Vasilyevich of Yaroslavl (1342-c1385) 1342 Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia 1385 Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia
Roman Vasilyevich of Romanov (1342-c1382) 1342 Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia 1380 Russia


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Regnal titles
Preceded by
David Fyodorovich of Yaroslavl (1298-1321) coruler with Konstantin Fyodorovich of Yaroslavl (1298-1321
Prince of Yaroslavl
Succeeded by
Vasili Vasilyevich of Yaroslavl (1345-c1380)