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Yaroslav the Wise

Author: Tamara Eidelman
Translation: Nora Seligman Favorov

July/Aug 2015
Page 21   ( 1 pages)

Summary: The rise of Yaroslav the Wise as ruler of Kiev. It may not be all we think it was.


July 1015 saw the death of Kiev’s Grand Prince Vladimir Svyatoslavich, the man who, as Vladimir Fair Sun, would later become a major figure in byliny, traditional epic tales of Russian heroes, and be revered as St. Vladimir, after being canonized by the Orthodox Church for having brought Christianity to Rus.

Alas, his death unleashed a time of internecine bloodletting. If the primary source for much of what we know about his period, the Tale of Bygone Years (??????? ????????? ???), or simply “the chronicle” (????????) is to be believed, Vladimir’s adopted son Svyatopolk attempted to hide his father’s death long enough to seize power and keep his father’s favorite son, Boris, from the throne.

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