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cursor over individual names to see which are directly linked to short
descriptions. All the individuals are then linked to fathers and sons so
that one can move from one branch of the family to another eventually from
Rurik to Fedor Ivanovich.
On the death of Vsyevolod III Yur'yevich,
Konstantin fought his younger brothers for the throne as grand prince of
Vladimir. While his descendents lost out at Vladimir they did gain control of
Rostov, Beloozero, Yaroslavl and Uglich. The last two lines died out as shown
on this diagram, Vsyevolod at Yaroslavl and Vladimir at Uglich, but the
descendents of Konstantin's grandsons, Boris and Gleb Vasil'kovich, ruled
Rostov and Beloozero respectively for several centuries. See
Rostov and Beloozero.
The situation of the principality of Yaroslavl was unusual. When Vasilii
Vsyevolodovich died in 1249, his son, Vasilii Vasil'yevich, and his daughter,
Maria, were both young children. But Maria was betrothed to
Fedor Rostislavich Chernii, appanage prince of
Mozhaisk and younger son of the powerful prince of Smolensk. The throne went
first to Vasilii's brother, Konstantin
Vsyevolodovich, but when he died without heirs in1257, the conference of
Vladimir princes meeting at the time decided to pass the throne of Yaroslavl to
Maria's husband (an unusual occurance). Thus Yaroslavl went into the
Rostislavichi family. This is shown in this chart.
Then, when Fedor's father died he became prince of Smolensk also and tried to
control both separate domains. But eventually he gave Yaroslavl to his middle
son, David. A further fascinating detail is that once on the throne of
Yaroslavl Fedor could remain there even when his first wife, Maria, through
whom he obtained it died. Moreover, his second wife was Anna, a daughter of the
famous, powerful Mongol-Kypchak prince and general, Nogai, who ruled the steppe
from Serbia and Bulgaria to the Volga River.