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Please place your cursor over a name to see if it is linked to a description. All the individual descriptions then are linked to fathers and sons, so one may move through the entire geneology from Rurik to Fedor Ivanovich and then to the Romanovs as well. The family rule of Suzdal-Niznigorod originated with Andrei II Yaroslavich. With Yuri Vasil'yevich began the princely family, Shuiski, in which Vasilii Ivanovich, in the bottom row, became Tsar during the Time of Troubles. The descendents of Andrei II Yaroslavich mostly were princes at Suzdal' or Nizhnigorod or the Suzdal-Nishegorod principality, for which the capital moved to Nizhni-Novgorod in 1350.
Suzdal' is among the most ancient of Russian towns, being a settlement even before the Slavic tribes began moving into the region between the Oka and Volga. By the 9th century it was an important post and it continued to develop as a significant trade and artisan town. In the middle 12th century it was subordinate to Kyiv and then it became part of the Peryeaslavl (southern) principality. The princes at Peryeaslavl would send a deputy (namesnik) to govern. After the death of Yaroslav Vladimirovich, Suzdal' with other towns went to his son, Vsyevolod, and then to Vladimir Vsyevolodovich Monomakh and Yuri Dolgoruki. Yuri was the first independent prince seated at Suzdal'. But soon he incorporated Suzdal' and Rostov into one principality. After the death of Yuri's son, Andrei Bogolubski, the Rostov-Suzdal lands were wracked with internal civil war. The winner, Vsyevolod III Yur'yevich Bol'shoye Gnezdo, moved his throne (capital) to Vladimir. It was after Vsyevolod's death that Suzdal' became again separated as the otchina of his son, Yuri II Vsyevolodovich. At this time the Rostov principality also became separate from Suzdal'. But Yuri died in the Mongol Invasion, and his brother, Yaroslav II came to the throne at Vladimir until his death in 1246. All these rulers are shown on previous charts.
Suzdal' then went to Aleksandr Yaroslavich and then to Andrei II Yaroslavich, shown at the top of this chart. After Andrei's death in 1264 the principality was divided amongst his sons into udels for Suzdal', Gorodetz on the Volga, and Nizhni-Novgorod. But about 1340 prince Konstantin Vasil'yevich (above) obtained a yarlik from the Kypchak Khan for all the former Suzdal-Nizhnigorod lands and reunited them into a new grand principality. He then also occupied the Mordvin lands just to the south and north of Ryazan principality, greatly expanding his domain. Thus he came into pretention to be THE grand prince of Rus. Thusly in addition to Suzdal, Gorodetz and Nizhni-Novgorod he controlled Yur'yev, Shuya, and other towns.
After the death of grand prince Semyon Ivanovich Gordii in the plague at Moscow in 1353, Konstantin Vasil'yevich openly sought the yarlik as grand prince of Vladimir. But the khan gave the yarlik to Ivan II Ivanovich. When Ivan died Konstantin continued the struggle with the very young Dmitri Ivanovich (Donskoi) but in the complex internal struggle was forced to give it up. He then married off his daughter, Yevdokia, (who became much renowned for her religiosity) to Dmitri. Then, while Konstantin's son, Boris, was grand prince at Nizhnigorod, Dmitri's son, Vasilii I Dmitriyevich in 1392 obtained the yarlik from Khan Tokhtamish for Nizhnii Novgorod and captured the city. This was after the infamous incident in which the Nizhni princes had aided and abetted Tokhtamish to trick the defenders into opening Moscow to him. Vasilii appointed a namestnik to govern in his name. The action then shifted to the other line descended from Konstantin, that through Dmitrii Konstantinovich. Semyon Dmitri'yevich was the last independent prince at Suzdal. But during the civil war between Vasilii II and his uncle, Vasilii and Fedor Yur'yevich (great-great grandsons of Konstantin Vasil'yevich) attempted to regain Suzdal for themselves. But with the defeat and exile of Dmitrii Shemyaka, Vasilii II regained complete control of all the Moscow lands and then some. But the remaining members of the family continued to nurse their pretentions to rule all Russia and Vasilii Yur'yevich's great-great granson, Vasilii Ivanovoch Shuiski eventually managed to accomplish the deed, although only temporarily.
Gorodets udel: Gorodets is still a fascinating town on the Volga. The earliest date of occupation of the site is not know. But it is mentioned first in the chronicles for 1172 founded as a frontier fortress. As an independent udel Gorodets was divided out of the Suzdal' Nizhigorod principality only between 1263 and 1282 when it was given to Andrei Aleksandrovich, who also was prince at Kostroma and then grand prince of Vladimir as well.
Shuiskii udel: The town of Shuya was located near present day Ivanovo. As a udel it also was divided out of the Suzdal' principality and given to Yurii the second son of Vasilii Dmitriyevich Kirdyapa. Its independence didn't last long, when the entire Suzdal' lands went to Moscow. The princes continued to use the Shuiski name with a hyphen such as Shuiski-Glazati, Shuiski-Gorbati, or Skopin-Shuiski. As is evident with the eventual rise of Vasilii Ivanovich, they continued to play important roles in the Muscovite military and government establishment. They were often the senior boyar in the tsar's council and voyevoda on the most important campaigns.

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