Mistiwoy of the Obotrites, prince

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Mistiwoy of the Obotrites, prince

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Obotride federation, Germany
Death: circa 990 (42-58)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nakon of the Obotrites, ruler of Far West
Husband of N.N. of the Obotrites, princess
Father of Tove Mistivojsdatter, af Danmark; Mstislav of the Obotrites and Hodica of the Obotrites
Brother of Mstidrag of the Obotrites

Occupation: Fyrste av Wenden, Kung över Mecklenburg (obotritterna), Prince of Obotriten
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About Mistiwoy of the Obotrites, prince

Mstivoj (935? - 995) was an Obodrite prince (princeps Winulorum) from 965 or 967 until his death. He inherited his position along with his brother Mstidrag from their father Nako in an unknown year.

In 983, the brothers were leaders of the great Slavic revolt, which German historiography labels the Slawenaufstand, which followed news of the Emperor Otto II's defeat at the Battle of Stilo. He raided far to the west and even destroyed the relatively new city of Hamburg that year. There are two accounts of his life and his reasons for abandoning Christianity.

Mstivoj's daughter Tove married Harald Bluetooth and raised the Sønder Vissing Runestone in memory of her mother. Another daughter, Hodica, was abbess of the monastery at the Mecklenburg. Mstivoj also had a son, Mstislaw, often being confused with his similarly named father.

Jacobsen, Lis. "Kong Haralds og Kong Gorms Jellingmonumenter." Scandia, IV. Lund, 1931. p. 264.

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