About Prince Daumantas Timothy Duke of Nalsha and Pskov, St.
Daumantas or Dovmont (Russian: Довмонт, Belarusian: Даўмонт), Christian name Timothy (Russian: Тимофей), ; c. 1240? – May 17, 1299), was a Lithuanian princeling best remembered as a military leader of the Pskov Republic between 1266 and 1299. During his term in office, Pskov became de facto independent from Novgorod.
He is venerated as a saint in the Orthodox Church with his feast day observed on May 20.
Until 1265, Daumantas was Duke of Nalšia, a northern province of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and was an ally of King Mindaugas. Mindaugas' and Daumantas' wives were sisters. In spite of the family relationship, Daumantas chose to ally himself with Mindaugas' nephew Treniota, who was Duke of Samogitia. Treniota had been steadily increasing his personal power within the kingdom as he tried to spark an all-Balts rebellion against the Teutonic Knights and the Livonian Order.
In 1263, Treniota assassinated Mindaugas and two of his sons. It has been suggested that he acted in collusion with Daumantas. As a result the Grand Duchy of Lithuania relapsed into paganism for another one hundred and twenty years. Some Russian chronicles say that Treniota's motive for the murder was to further his power, and Daumantas' was revenge: after Queen Morta's death c. 1262, Mindaugas took Daumantas' wife for himself. When Mindaugas dispatched a large army towards Bryansk, Daumantas participated in the expedition, but suddenly returned and killed Mindaugas and two of his sons.
According to the Bychowiec Chronicle (a late and not very reliable source), Daumantas received the title, Duke of Utena, as his reward.
When Vaišelga, the eldest son of Mindaugas, entered into an alliance with Shvarn of Halych-Volhynia in 1264, he was able to take revenge for his father's death by killing Treniota. Daumantas and his followers fled to Pskov.
Ruler of Pskov
After arriving in Pskov, Dovmont was baptized into Eastern Orthodoxy, assumed the Christian name Timotheus (Russian: Timofei) and married a daughter of Dmitry of Pereslavl, son of Alexander Nevsky. He led Pskovian armies against Lithuanians and defeated them on the bank of the Western Dvina, proceeded to devastate the land of Duke Gerdenis, and captured his two sons and wife. Dovmont's daring spirit, his friendly ways, and the success of his military enterprise persuaded the Pskovians to elect him as their knyaz, or military leader.
Dovmont's election was never sanctioned by the Novgorod Republic, which had traditionally controlled the Pskovian affairs. Prince Yaroslav of Novgorod planned to punish the Pskovians for their willfulness and oust Dovmont from the city, but the Novgorodians refused to support Yaroslav's campaign and, joining their forces with the Pskovians, invaded Lithuania the following year. Dovmont was again in command and returned to Pskov in triumph.
In the next year the Pskovian-Novgorodian alliance was cemented by the invasion of the Livonian Order. The Pskovians, led by Dovmont, joined their forced with the Novgorodians, led by Yaroslav and Alexander Nevsky's son Dmitry, and inflicted a crushing defeat on the knights in the Battle of Rakvere (1268, near modern-day Rakvere). The following year Grand Master of the Order, Otto von Lutterberg, laid siege to Pskov, but Dovmont, supported by the Novgorodians, repelled the attack, personally wounding Lutterberg in battle. The knights sought peace at any cost and their attacks on Pskov and Novgorod ceased for thirty years.
Later years and legacy
In 1270, Yaroslav again attempted to interfere into Pskovian affairs and to replace Dovmont by his puppet ruler. The Pskovians stood up for Dovmont, forcing Yaroslav to abandon his plans. In order to strengthen his position, Dovmont married Dmitry's daughter, Maria. In 1282, when his father-in-law was ousted from Vladimir to Koporye, Dovmont made a sally into Ladoga, where he captured Dmitry's treasury from the Novgorodians and transported it to Koporye. Thereupon his name disappears from chronicles for some seventeen years.
In 1299, the Livonian Order unexpectely invaded North-Western Rutssia and laid siege to Pskov. Having expelled them from the republic, Dovmont abruptly lapsed into illness and died, survived by his alleged son, David of Hrodna. His body was buried in the Trinity Cathedral, where his sword and personal effects would be on exhibit until the 20th century.
According to Pskovian chronicles, no ruler was loved by the citizens of Pskov more than Dovmont; they particularly praise his military skills and wisdom. After the Russian Orthodox Church canonized him, he came to be regarded as a patron saint of Pskov (on the par with Vsevolod Mstislavich). The fortifications erected by Dovmont in Pskov's downtown became known as the "Dovmont Town". A church to the memory of the blessed prince Dovmont-Timofei was consecrated there in 1574.
In the 1990s, Russian author Sergey Kalitin wrote a novel, Hour of the Wolf, about the life of Dovmont and his transition from a "minor Lithuanian noble" to Prince of Pskov.
Daumantas or Dovmont was the Grand Duke of Lithuania in 1282/1283-1285. As a Grand Duke of Lithuania, Daumantas is mentioned in chronicles only once, and in absence of any other evidence, he is presumed to be a short ruled Grand Duke. There is a lot of uncertainty who inherited the title of Grand Duke after Traidenis' death in 1281 or 1282.
Russian chronicles tell that in March 1285, when Daumantas attacked the Oleshnya volost' of Tver principality, i.e. the domain of Tver's bishop, Daumantas' army was defeated by united forces of Tver, Moscow, Novgorod, Torzhok, etc., and he was taken into captivity .
Daumantas was succeeded by Grand Duke Butegeidis. Relationships between Daumantas and Butegeidis or between Daumantas and Traidenis are unknown.
Apie Daumantas Timotiejus (Lietuvių)
Daumantas (rus. Довмонт, Домонт; apie 1240 m. – 1299 m. gegužės mėn. Pskove) – iki 1265 ar 1266 m. − Nalšios, nuo 1266 m. − Pskovo kunigaikštis, stačiatikių šventasis.
(Pasak rusų istoriko V. Pašutos, šis Daumantas gali būti tapatus Ldk Daumantui, 1285 m. Olešnios valsčiuje patekusiam į Tverės vyskupo sąjungininkų nelaisvę). Šaltiniuose minimas nuo 1262 m.
~1255(?) – 1265 m. Daumantas valdė Nalšios dalinę kunigaikštystę ar jos dalį. Anot „rusėniškosios“ metraštinės versijos, Daumantas buvo vedęs Mindaugo žmonos seserį, kurią iš jo esą paveržė našliu tapęs Mindaugas; Bychovco kronikoje pateikta „lietuviškoji“ šio įvykio versija tarsi leistų manyti, kad Daumantas buvo vedęs ne Mindaugo, bet „Ldk Narimanto“ (= Vaišelgos?) žmonos seserį, kuriai mirus pats Daumantas trumpam pasigrobė Ldk žmoną.
Anot Volynės metraščio, 1263 m. Daumantas, neva keršydamas jo žmoną paveržusiam valdovui, prisijungė prie Žemaičių kunigaikščio Treniotos surengto sąmokslo ir asmeniškai nužudė Ldk Mindaugą; tiesa, Šiaurės Rytų Rusios metraštinė tradicija Mindaugo žudiku laiko didžiausią Daumanto priešą Lietuvoje − Polocko ir Nalšios kunigaikštį Gerdenį, taigi gali būti, kad Daumantas ne nužudė, o tik oficialiai „pakeitė“ Mindaugą Lietuvos valdovo soste, po savo giminaičio (ar netgi tėvo) žūties apsiskelbdamas nauju Ldk.
1265 m. (tais metais Nalšią užėmė Vaišelgos ir Švarno iš tikrosios Lietuvos atvesta lietuvių bei volynėnų kariuomenė) ar 1266 m. Daumantas (galbūt išvytas 1266(?) m. Nalšioje įsitvirtinusio Gerdenio) kartu su 70 ar 300(?) savo kariauninkų ir kt. rėmėjų šeimų atbėgo į Pskovą, kur buvo pakrikštytas Timofiejumi, vedė Aleksandro Neviškio anūkę ir tapo Pskovo daliniu kunigaikščiu (1270 m. nuo šių pareigų nušalintas, po kelerių metų vėl grįžo į Pskovo kunigaikščio postą).
1266–1267 m. (tikriausiai ir ~1282 m.) Daumanto vadovaujama Pskovo ir kt. rusėnų žemių kariuomenė siaubė Gerdenio valdas, o 1268–1298 m. daugelį kartų susirėmė su Livonijos ordino riteriais ir jų sąjungininkais. Pskovo kunigaikštystė Daumanto valdymo laikotarpiu virto Pskovo respublika ir atsiskyrė nuo Naugardo respublikos).
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