Please move your cursor
over the individual name to see if there is a direct link to a brief
description of the person. All the individual biographies are then
linked to father and sons so that one can follow the geneology from Rurik to
Fedor Ivanovich and then into the Romanov line. Mstislav I came to the throne
at Kyiv on the death of his father, Vladimir II
Vsyevolodovich Monomach, on the basis of his father's power, and despite the
succession rules that should have given the throne to his senior cousin in the
Svyatoslavichi clan. Of his five sons, Svyatopolk died without heirs and
Vladimir and Vsyevolod each had three sons. But of the six, only Yaroslav
Vsyevolodovich has sons we know of, Rostislav and Izyaslav.
IzyaslavII had a difficult rein in Kyiv, as did one
of his sons, Mstislav II, but his descendents spread far and wide into western
Rus regions in the lands of Galich and Vladimir-in-Volynia.
Rostislav began his family's reign at Smolensk,
but also managed to rule at Kyiv, as did two of his sons. The family trees for
Mstislav II and Rostislav are continued in the diagrams shown.