Prince of Drevlians Sviatoslav Vladimirovich, Rurikid

Владимир-Волынский, Волынское Княжество

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Prince of Drevlians Sviatoslav Vladimirovich, Rurikid

Russian: Князь Волынский Святослав Владимирович, Rurikid, Lithuanian: kun. Sviatoslavas Vladimiraitis, Rurikid
Birthplace: Киев / Kyiv, Киевское Княжество / Kievan Principality
Death: 1015 (32-34)
Сколе / Skole, Бойковщина / Boykivshchyna, Долина реки Опир, Карпаты / Opir River Valley, Carpathians, (Украина / Ukraine)
Immediate Family:

Son of Prince of Kiev Volodymyr Svyatoslavich, Rurikid and Malfrida of Bohemia
Husband of princess N985 of Hungaria
Father of Ioan Sviatoslavich Rurikid
Half brother of Prince of Novgorod Vysheslav Vladimirovich, Rurikid; Yaroslav the Wise; Izyaslav of Polotsk; Premislava of Kiev; Predslava of Kiev and 15 others

Cause of Death: убит по приказу своего двоюродного брата Святополка I Великого князя Киевского / killed on the orders of his cousin Svyatopolk I Grand Duke of Kyiv
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About Prince of Drevlians Sviatoslav Vladimirovich, Rurikid

ПРИМЕЧАНИЯ. На сегодняшний день в одном вторичном источнике приводится имя матери Святослава. Что касается места его гибели», то первоисточника, подтверждающего, что он погиб в «Сколе», нет.
NOTES. To date, one secondary source gives the name of Svyatoslav's mother. As for the place of his death, no primary source confirms that he died in "Skole". – (Ken Shelley, May 2023)

Medlands: Russia

Grand Prince Vladimir had nine illegitimate children by unknown Mistresses (3) to (9):
9. SVIATOSLAV Vladimirovich (-killed in battle 1015 after 15 Jul).
The Primary Chronicle names (in order) Vysheslav, Izyaslav, Yaroslav, Sviatopolk, Vsevolod, Sviatoslav, Mstislav, >Boris, Gleb, Stanislav, Pozvizd and Sudislav as the twelve sons of Vladimir, recording that his father established >Sviatoslav in Dereva after the death of his brother Vysheslav[131].
Prince of the Derevlians.
He was killed on the orders of his cousin Sviatopolk I Grand Prince of Kiev while trying to escape to Hungary[132].

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.Svyatoslav Vladimirovich (Prince of Drevlyansky) / Святослав Владимирович (князь древлянский)

Svyatoslav Vladimirovich (about 980 / 988 - 1015 ) - Prince of the Drevlyansk , son of Vladimir Svyatoslavich .

Svyatoslav was born between 980 and 988. Most researchers in the list of children of Vladimir Svyatoslavich place Svyatoslav next to Yaroslav. The order of seniority of the sons of Vladimir Svyatoslavich remains conditional. But, if Svyatoslav was the son of Malfrida, then he could be born in 982. Based on this, N. A. Baumgarten and some other researchers considered Svyatoslav older than Yaroslav.

Around 990, Svyatoslav received the Drevlyane Principality .

In 1015, having learned about the death of Boris and Gleb, Svyatoslav left his capital and tried to flee to the Carpathians. The chase caught up with the prince on the banks of the Opir near the present city of Skole. On the banks of the Stryi River, seven sons of Svyatoslav died in battle, and the village at that place is still called Semiginov (in memory of the seven dead). The legend tells of a fierce battle between Skole and Grebenov. The entire valley along the Support was covered with the bodies of the dead. The forces of Svyatopolk were large, and he gave the order: "Chop them all off." The legend connects the name of the city Skole with this episode. Prince Svyatoslav died in this battle, and his warriors refused to go to the service of Svyatopolk and settled in the Beskids, laying the foundation for Slavsky. The daughter (according to another version - the wife) of Svyatoslav, Paraskovia (Parashka) took refuge on the top of the mountain and, overtaken by Svyatopolk's warriors, died (according to legend, she threw herself from the top of the mountain). Now the mountain is named after her Parashka.

Unlike the other two brothers killed by Svyatopolk, Boris and Gleb, Svyatoslav was not canonized.

The death of Svyatoslav and the struggle for power between the sons of Vladimir Svyatoslavich deprived the Carpathian Croats of their last ally, and the valleys of Borzhava and Latoritsa were annexed by the Hungarians. The heir to the Hungarian throne, Duke Imre, received the title dux exercitur regis of the Russian Mark [2].

Numerous toponyms (Skole, Slavsk, Svyatoslav (suburbs of Skole), Slavki (tributary of the Opir), Semiginov, the Opir (Opor) river, the Svyatoslavl tract, the Svyatoslavchik river, Svyatoslav's grave) testify in favor of the legend of the death of Svyatoslav. The excavations of the mound, called Svyatoslav's grave, even with a critical approach to their results, confirmed that this was the burial of a noble combatant of the 11th century. It is possible that it was Prince Svyatoslav. Now a monument by the famous Lviv sculptor T. Brizh is being erected on his grave.


The data of the annals can be interpreted in such a way that Svyatoslav's mother was a "Chechina". This can explain the only reliably known fact of his biography; in 1015, after the death of his father and the reign of Svyatopolk the Accursed, Svyatoslav fled from him "to the Ugorsky mountains" (Carpathians), that is, in the direction of the Czech Republic, but Svyatopolk's servants overtook him and killed him. Tatishchev calls his mother Malfrida.

The Nikon Chronicle reports that in 1002 Svyatoslav's son Jan (that is, John) was born. There is no more information about him, just as there is no confidence in the reliability of this news.

The flight of Svyatoslav through the Carpathians, as well as the name of his son Jan, suggest that his wife could be the daughter of the last Borzhava prince, who, with the help of such a union, hoped to defend the independence of his principality.

There is a version that Svyatoslav's wife was a Hungarian princess. V. P. Shusharin and I. Shekera believe that Svyatoslav Vladimirovich was married to the daughter of the Hungarian king Stephen I, to whom he fled in 1015. There is no confirmation of this version in Hungarian sources.


1. Kumanin L. Svyatoslav Vladimirovich // Russian Biographical Dictionary / ed. A. A. Polovtsov - St. Petersburg. : 1904. - T. 18. - S. 245.
2. V. Pashuto tried to prove that the Russian mark is the settlements of the royal guard near the Hungarian capital. We are talking about the settlement of Orosvar (later Orosfolvo, now Orosi ) near Vyshegrad , where the Rus guards lived, who guarded the royal palace, and their descendants. This guard could have appeared from the time of Svyatoslav Igorevich , who was an ally of the Hungarians, just as the Russian corps appeared in Byzantium.
But one settlement of the guards was not enough for the organization of the Russian brand and the magnificent titles of the heir to the throne. The Russian brand could only be the recently conquered principalities of the Carpathian Croats . Uzhansko-Zemplinsky Principality of Labortsa was defeatedArpad at the turn of the 9th-10th centuries. At the beginning of the 11th century, only the principality of Borzhava survived , as evidenced by the system of bins on the Hungarian borders. It was the annexation of the Borzhavsky principality that could lead to the organization of a separate Russian brand on the lands of Transcarpathia, Pryasivshchyna and Nirshaga, which was transferred to Duke Imra.

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Киев / Kyiv, Киевское Княжество / Kievan Principality
Владимир-Волынский, Волынское Княжество
Age 33
Сколе / Skole, Бойковщина / Boykivshchyna, Долина реки Опир, Карпаты / Opir River Valley, Carpathians, (Украина / Ukraine)