He was the son of
Yuri Vladimirovich Dolgorukii, prince of Suzdal and his second wife. He was
grand prince of Vladimir from 1174-1175 or 76). He married about in 1175 with
Fevronia. Their son was Boris, crown prince of Vladimir. Boris died without
heir. The family is shown on this chart.
Following Andrei Bogoliubskii"s death the
Vladimirites passed up his son and his brother in favor of two nephews,
Mstislav and Yaropolk Rostislavich (see chart). They had been exiled by Andrei
and lived with their uncles in Chernigiv. Having received permission from the
Rostovians they moved north. The Rostov boyars could not abide by Mikhail and
Vsevolod but the Vladimirites accepted Mikhail as their legitimate ruler. They
understood well enough, that if the Rostovians took the lead in the territorial
dominance, they would not only have to accept a diminished importance but also
their loss of independence.