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He was a son of Mstislav Rostislavich Khrabrii, prince of Novgorod and a daughter of Gleb Rostislavich, appanage prince of Ryazan. He is shown on this family chart. He became appanage prince of Tripol' in 1193, then appanage prince of Torchesk in 1203, and of Toropets in 1209, then was prince of Novgorod from 1210 to 1215 and 1216 to 1218. Then he was appanage prince of Galich 1219-1227 and of Torchesk 1227-28. He was one of the more colorful of medieval Rus warriors, going where he pleased and carving out a domain for himself as he went. He married Maria, daughter of Khotyan, one of the greatest of Polovtsi Khans. He employed Polovtsi allies in his military endeavors. His son was Vasilii, crown prince of Novgorod, who apparently died in 1218 without heirs. His daughters were Rostislava-Feodosia, Anna, and Yelena. Rostislava-Fedosia married as the second wife of Yaroslav II Vsyevolodovich, grand prince of Vladimir. She was the mother of Fedor, Alexandr Nevski, Andrei II, Daniil, Mikhail Khrabrii, Yaroslav III, Vasilii, Konstantin, Maria and Yul'yana. In this way, despite the death of his son without heirs, the line of the great warrior prince of Novgorod, who chose to move to more inviting climes in Galicia, was passed through the daughter to all the great warrior princes of Vladimir, Moscow, Rostov, Tver, and northeast Rus. And they also inherited genes from the great Polovtsi warrior ruler. Meanwhile, Anna married Daniil Romanovich, the warrior king of Galicia and was the mother of Roman, Lev, Mstislav, Shvarin and Iraklii. Thus the same genes passed to the royal house of Galicia (kings Daniil, Lev, and Shvarin). And Yelena married Andrei, prince of Hungary.


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