Yaropolk II Vladimirovich of Kiev, Prince of Pereyaslavl, Grand Prince of Kiev, was born 1082 in Chernihiv, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine to Vladimir II Vsevolodovich Monomakh of Kiev (1053-1125) and Gytha of Wessex (1053-1098) and died 18 February 1139 Kiev, Ukraine of unspecified causes. He married Yelena of Ossetia (c1100-c1150) 1116 JL .

Yaropolk Vladimirovich (1082, Chernihiv [1]- February 18, 1139, Kiev) - the son of Vladimir Monomakh, Prince of Pereyaslavl, the Grand Prince of Kiev from 1132. During his reign, the united Old Russian state disintegrated.

Early years

Yaropolk was, most likely, born in Chernihiv, where his father, Vladimir Monomakh reigned at that time. In 1103 he took part in a campaign against the Polovtsians. Monomakh, who, in 1113, became Grand Prince of Kiev, in 1114 after the death of his son Svyatoslav in 1114, made Yaropolk Prince of Pereyaslavl.

As Prince of Pereyaslavl Yaropolk participated in numerous campaigns against the Polovtsians. In 1116, together with the troops of his father, he spoke against the Prince of Minsk Gleb. The chronicles say that the entire population of Drutsk was taken to the southern lands of Pereyaslavl. Yaropolk maintained a good relationship with his elderly father, whoften trusted him to command the troops in the wars with the Polovtsians, along with his older brother Mstislav. In 1125 Yaropolk repulsed the Polovtsians' attack on the Principality of Pereyaslavl in the Battle of Polkosten.

Ruler of the decaying Grand Principality of Kiev

See also: Battle of the Supoy River (1135) Yaropolk became the Grand Prince of Kiev in 1132 after the death of Mstislav's elder brother. Only the city of Kiev with the surrounding area were under his direct control. Yaropolk was a brave warrior and capable military commander, but a weak politician who failed to stop the disintegration of the state into separate principalities.

The apple of discord was the birth capital of the Monomakhovichi, the Principality of Pereyaslavl. According to the established practice, the elder in the family was usually the ruler of Pereyaslavl. After Yaropolk moved to Kiev, his younger brother Vyacheslav was supposed to take over the Principality of Pereyaslavl. But, probably, following an agreement with Mstislav the Great [2] after being enthroned in Kiev, Yaropolk appointed Mstislav's son Vsevolod Mstislavich as Prince of Pereyaslavl. Nor without reason, Yaropolk's younger brothers Yuri Vladimirovich and Andrei Vladimirovich saw in this step Yaropolk's intention of Yaropolk to make the Mstislavichi his heirs [2], and Yuri drove Vsevolod out of Pereyaslavl. Yaropolk tried to extinguish the conflict and transferred another of Mstislav's sons, Izyaslav, from Polotsk to Pereyaslavl. This step turned out an important errpr: an uprising began in Polotsk, the exiled descendants of Vseslav, the "sorcerer" returned to power, and the principality separated from Kiev. Since Izyaslav's the nomination had been disapproved by Yuri, a "legitimate" heir, |Vyacheslav Vladimirovich eventually became Prince of Pereyaslavl while Izyaslav Mstislavich moved to Turov.

However, |Vyacheslav Vladimirovich did not like Pereyaslavl, who stood in the way of all Polovtsian raids on the left bank of the Dnieper. In 1134 he returned to Turov, driving out Izyaslav. Yaropolk again tried to make a redistribution of the princialities. He offered Pereyaslavl to Yuri, but on the condition that he give Rostov to Izyaslav. However, Yuri retained a large part of the Principality of Rostov's territory. Offended Izyaslav went to Novgorod to his brother Vsevolod and concluded an alliance with Princes of Chernigov who, after the refusal of Oleg and Davyd Svyatoslavich to seek the throne of [[Kiev[[ were out of the circle of applicants for supreme power in Russia and were looking for any opportunity to change the current state of affairs. The war began.

At the end of 1134 Yaropolk managed to reach an agreement with Izyaslav, giving him the principality of Volhynia.The Prince of Volhynia Andrei Vladimirovich was transferred to reign Pereyaslavl. However, the war with the Chernigovites and their Polovtsian allies did not stop: they invaded the Dnieper valley and devastated the region of Kiev. The indecisiveness of the Grand Prince and his strained relations with all his relatives aggravated the situation. The following year Yaropolk was defeated on the Battle of the Supoy River (1135). Vsevolod Olgovich, the supreme commander of the army, agreed to give him the principalities of Kursk and Poskomie, which 8 years before had been used by Vsevolod to pay off with Mstislav the Great for not interfering in the dispute for principality of Chernigov between Vsevolod and his uncle Yaroslav Svyatoslavich [2]. The Novgorodians took advantage of the weakening of the authority of the Grand Prince of Kiev: in 1136 they drove out the Yaropolk's nephew of Yaropolk, Vsevolod Mstislavich, who had been transferred from Kiev and proclaimed the so called Novgorod Republic.

The last time the descendants of Monomakh united in 1138, when Vsevolod Olgovich again began the war with Yaropolk. This time the troops of Kiev, Pereyaslavl, Rostov, Polotsk, Smolensk, regiments from Halych and 30 thousand people gathered under the banner of the Grand Prince of Kiev. He also received the support of a Hungarian army, sent him the King of Hungary, Bela II the Blind. The siege of Chernigov forced Vsevolod to make peace (1139). Shortly before his death, Yaropolk, in turn, assisted Bella II against his internal enemies. Yaropolk died on 18 February 1139, having transferred the throne to his brother |Vyacheslav. He was buried in the church of St. Andrew Yancin monastery.[3]

Yaropolk married Yelena of Ossetia, who gave birth to their son Vasilko Yaropolkovich.

Results of Yaropolk's reign

Unlike his father and elder brother, Yaropolk did not possess either diplomatic skills or authority to keep the state from disintegrating into individual principalities. Bold in his youth, in his old age, the prince became too cautious in making decisions and could not seize the initiative in struggle which began in the 1130s between the two forces (the younger Vladimirovichi on the one hand, Olgovichi and Mstislavicih on the other).

By the time of Yaropolk's death, the principalities of Polotsk, Novgorod and Chernigov were already outside his control. Nominal loyalty to Kiev was maintained only by the Principality of Rostov-Suzdal.


Vladimir Svyatoslavich, Grand Duke of Kiev

Yaroslav Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Kiev

Rogneda Rogvolodovna, Princess of Kiev

Vsevolod Yaroslavich, Grand Duke of Kiev

Olaf, King of Sweden

Ingegerda, Princess of Sweden

Estrid, Queen of Sweden

Vladimir Vsevolodovich, the Grand Duke of Kiev

Theodosius Monomakh

Constantine IX, Emperor of Byzantium


Yaropolk Vladimirovich

Godwin, Earl of Wessex

Harold II, King of England

Thorkel Sturbbjörnsson

Gita Torkeldottir, Countess of Wessex

Gita Wessex, Princess of England

Edith the Swan Neck


  1. ^ The year of birth is indicated in «Истории Российской…» by В. Н. Татищева but is not indicated in chronicles.
  2. ^ a b c Пресняков А. Е. Княжое право в Древней Руси. Лекции по русской истории. Киевская Русь — М.: Наука, 1993. ISBN 5-02-009526-5
  3. ^ Извлеченіе изъ древнихъ Русскихъ лѣтописей / Отделъ І. Извѣстія лѣтописные // Сборникъ матеріаловъ для исторической топографіи Кіева и его окрестностей.— Кіевъ: типографія Е. Я. Федорова, 1874.— С. 16



Offspring of Yaropolk II Vladimirovich of Kiev and Yelena of Ossetia (c1100-c1150)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Vasilko Yaropolkovich (c1125-1182) 1125 1182 Salyusha Piast (c1150-c1180)


#g1: Offspring of Vladimir II Vsevolodovich Monomakh of Kiev (1053-1125) and Gytha of Wessex (1053-1098)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mstislav I Vladimirovich of Kiev (1076-1132) 1 June 1076 Turau, Zhytkavichy Rayon, Homiel Voblasts, Belarus 15 April 1132 Kiev, Ukraine Christina Ingesdotter of Sweden (c1080-1122)
Lyubava Dmitriyevna (c1104-c1170)
Izyaslav Vladimirovich of Kursk (c1077-1096) 6 December 1096 Murom
Sofiya Vladimirovna (c1078-c1140) 1078 1140 Svyatoslav Vseslavich of Vitebsk (c1065-c1130)
Svyatoslav Vladimirovich of Smolensk (c1080-1114) 1080 6 March 1114
Yaropolk II Vladimirovich of Kiev (1082-1139) 1082 Chernihiv, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukraine 18 February 1139 Kiev, Ukraine Yelena of Ossetia (c1100-c1150)
Vyacheslav I Vladimirovich of Kiev (1083-1154) 1083 2 February 1154
Maritsa Vladimirovna (c1085-1146) 1085 20 January 1146 Pseudo-Leo Diogenes II (c1070-1116)
Yuri I Vladimirovich Dolgoruky of Kiev (c1090-1157) 1090 15 May 1157 Anna of Cumania (c1092-c1135)
Olga NN (c1120-c1183)
Roman Vladimirovich of Volhynia (c1091-1119) 1091 6 January 1119 Daughter of Volodar Rostislavich (c1100-c1150)
Yefimiya Vladimirovna of Kiev (c1095-1139) 1095 Kiev, Ukraine 4 April 1139 Kiev, Ukraine Coloman of Hungary (c1070-1116)
#g2: Offspring of Vladimir II Vsevolodovich Monomakh of Kiev (1053-1125) and Yefimiya (c1078-1107)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Agafiya Vladimirovna of Kiev (c1097-1144) 1097 1144 Vsevolodko Davydovich of Goroden (c1080-1142)
Andrei Vladimirovich of Volhynia (1102-1141) 11 August 1102 22 January 1141 Granddaughter of Tugorkhan (c1100-c1145)


Footnotes (including sources)


Yaropolk II Vladimirovich
Born: 1082 Died: 18February 1154
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Svyatoslav Vladimirovich
Prince of Pereyaslav
Succeeded by
Vsevolod Mstislavich
Preceded by
Mstislav I Vladimirovich
Grand Prince of Kiev
Succeeded by
Vyacheslav I Vladimirovich