He was born in 1250 as the second son of
Aleksandr Yaroslavich Nevski, grand prince of
Vladimir and Aleksandra Bryachislavna, princess of Polotsk. His son was
Ivan, appanage prince of Periaslavl-Zaleski and his
daughter was Maria. Dmitrii became prince of Periaslavl-Zaleski in (1263-1293)
and 1294 and prince of Novgorod (1259-1263), and
(1276-1283) and then grand prince of Vladimir (1277-81), and (1283-94). He
fought his younger brother, Andrei, who was grand
prince in 1281-3, and finally defeated him for the throne of Vladimir in
1293-4, but then lost again. The family is shown on this
1263 - HIs father dies at Gorodetz enroute back from Sarai.
1267 - He responds to request from Novgorod to bring his troops to assist
against the Germans at Riga.
1268 - Battle of River Kegola. In January the army moves against Danes at
Rakovor in Estonia. On 12 February they are ambushed by troops of the very
cities in Livonia that had insisted on peace in 1267. Novgorod looses its
posadnik, the tysyatskii, and many polk commanders in a bloody battle
into the night. By morning the Livonians move on to loot the region around
Pskov while Dmitrii retains the battlefield, hence can claim victory.
1276 - On the death of Vasilii Yaroslavich, leaving no brothers. Mangu-temir
gives yarlik to Dmitrii I Aleksandrovich, of Peryeyaslavl- Suzdalia as
Grand Prince of Vladimir (1st time). He also gives him the title of prince of
Novgorod. But he has to contend with conflict with his brother. Andrei.
1280 - All Russian princes except Dmitrii go to meet Khan Tuda-Mangu. Dmitrii
is busy attacking Novgorod. Tuda-Mangu cancels his yarlik and gives
Vladimir to Dmitri's younger brother, Andrei prince
of Kostroma and Gorodets, Dmitri refuses to surrender the yarlik and
conflict follows. Tuda-Mangu sends Mongol troops to assist Andrei. Mongols
pillage Vladimir region and install Andrei on throne.
1281 - Dmitrii goes to Nogai and receives yarlik for Vladimir and troops
for support to regain the throne. Andrei is forced to give up and move to
Kostroma. However, Tuda-Mangu continues to consider Andrei the legal Grand
Prince. Rostov princes likewise remain loyal to Tuda-Mangu.
1283 - Dmitrii becomes again Grand Prince of Vladimir until 1294.
1286 - Mikhail Yaroslavich of Tver leads united
troops of Tver, Moscow, Novo-torzhok, and Rzhev against Lithuanian invasion. In
following two years he shows independence from Dmitrii.
1291 - Dmitrii swears alegiance to Emir Nogai in Tatar civil war, while other
princes support Khan Tokhta.
1293 - Tokhta confirms Andrei as Grand Prince of
Vladimir and sends Mongol army to support Andrei in battle against Dmitrii.
Result is extensive destruction in entire Vladimir princedom and looting of
Vladimir, Moscow and other towns. Tver tries to resist against another Mongol
army. Dmitrii flees to Pskov and then dies.