He was the third son of
SvyatoslavII Yaroslavich. His sons were
III, and Rostislav. The family members are shown
on this chart.
He held Smolensk 1093 to 1097 and then Chernigiv from 1097 to 1123. He held
Novgorod from 1093 when sent by his father. He
claimed, along with his more violent brother, Oleg,
that the Rus princes should keep the lands of their fathers of the generation
of Yaroslav's sons as hereditary patrimonies. At the same time he tried to
maintain the essential unity of the family's domains, especially in the face of
external threat from the steppe nomads. Thus he was seen by his peers as a more
reasonable leader than his brother, Oleg.
1093 - Svyatoslav II gains throne in Kyiv sends David to govern Novgorod.
1095 David replaced by Mstislav at Novgorod, goes to Smolensk.
1095 David's brother, Oleg, sent to him at Smolensk but people refuse him
1097 David meets at Lyubech conference and recommends unity. He goes to
1097 When David Igor'yevich blinds Vasil'ko, David is horrified and goes with
Vladimir Monomakh to demand restitution from Svyatopolk II. Then he goes with
the allies to Vladimir in Volynia to attack David Igor'yevich. David escapes
the battle of Rozhne. His son, Svyatoslav (Svyatosha,
is at Lutsk.
1098 David with Vladimir and Oleg campaign against Svyatopolk II, then make
1100 David and all princes meet again, at Uvetichi, near Kiev to resolve family
1100 David sends Mstislav Vsyevolodovich, nephew of David Igor'yevich, to the
1101 David meets all cousins at Zalot'cha conference and they have peace treaty
1103 David accepts Svyatopolk as ruler at Kyiv but urges that allies meet
Polovtsi in battle, but his brother, Oleg, refuses. In the 1103 campaign to
Khortitsa on Dniper they win victory in April.
1106 David's son, Svyatosha becomes monk. 1107 Allied army wins victory over