He was born in 1188, the son of Vsyevolod
III Yur'evich "Bolshoye gniensdo," great prince of Vladimir and
Vsyevolod's first wife, Maria Shvarnovna, princess of Ossetia. He married
Agraf'yea, daughter of Vsyevolod Svyatoslavich
Chermni, prince of Chernigiv. His sons were Vsyevolod, prince of Novgorod;
Mstislav, Vladimir, Dmitri, prince of Vladimir, and his
daughter was Yelena. He was grand prince of Vladimir in 1212-1216 and 2nd time
1218-1238. He died in battle with Tatar-Mongols on the river Siti on March 4th,
1238. His family died at Vladimir during the Mongol siege. The family is shown
on this chart.
1202 - his father, Vsyevolod, sends his brother, Yaroslav, to rule Periyaslavl (south)
1204 - his future father-in-law, Vsyevolod Svyatoslavich Chermni, becomes
prince of Chernigiv.
1205 - his father sends one brother, Konstantin, to replace another,
Svyatoslav, at Novgorod.
1207 - his future father in law again captures Kyiv. But his father opposes and
Vsyevolod Svyatoslavich is unable to maintain himself at Kyiv. Yuri's father is
also heavily engaged in struggle over control of Novgorod.
1211 - he marries Agraf'yea as noted above.
1212 - his father, Vsyevolod III dies. Struggle for control of Vladimir and the
other Suzdal towns begins. Yaroslav is his ally against Konstantin and
Svyatoslav. He is grand prince Vladimir 1212 -1216. Struggle draws in Ryazan
and Novgorod as well.
1212 - his father in law driven out of Kyiv again.
1215 - his brother, Yaroslav, heavily engaged in conflict at Novgorod. Struggle
between Yurii and Yaroslav intensifies.
1216 - In third clash of the Vsyevolodichi for control of Vladimir. Konstantin
has Rostislavichi and Novgorod allies. Yurii and Yaroslav and Svyatoslav have
troops from Murom and the Brodniki. Battle of Lipitsa River near
Yur'yev-Pol'ski on 21 April. In this bloody battle regiments from Novgorod
fight those from Suzdal. One contains 13 styagi and the other 17. (A styag was
a banner, signifying a company under the command of a junior boyar or prince) A
"kop'ya" or lance was the smallest unit composed of a commander and a
small number of retainers. (Both these nomenclatures are similar to
corresponding west European organizations). The Novgorodian contingent is
commanded by Mstislav Mstislavich Udaloi. Konstantin
and the Rostoslavichi win full victory. Yurii flees to Vladimir.
Yaroslav flees to Periaslavl Zaleski. Yurii
surrenders when Rostoslavichi (Smolensk) troops reach Vladimir. Mstislav sends
him to Gorodets. Yurii gets Suzdal back. Konstantin
rules as grand prince Vladimir.
1218 - Konstantin dies and Yurii again becomes grand prince.
1220 - Yurii Eastern Campaign. He sends druzhina of four princes
(Svyatoslav Vsyevolodovich of Suzdal,
Vasil'ko Konstantinovich of Rostov, and two Murom
princes, Svyatoslav Davidovich and Oleg Yur'yevich
(son if Yurii Igoryevich, prince of Ryazan) against
Volga Bolgar. They sail down the Volga to Oshel (Ashla) and capture it after
siege. Three Bolgar embassies sue for peace. He replaces Rostislavichi prince
in Novgorod with his own son.
1221 - Rus-Bulgar 6 year truce sign at Gorodetz-na-Oka near Kasimov by Grand
Prince of Vladimir-Suzdal, Yurii II Vsyevolodovich, and a Bulgar ambassador-
this is the border of two principalities - they agree to exchange prisoners.
Yurii establishes frontier fortress town at Nizhni-Novgorod at confluence of
Oka and Volga.
1227 - Yurii sends Vsyevolod Konstantinovich to rule
1230 - 36 - his brother, Yaroslav, is again ruling
Novgorod. Yaroslav is engaged in frequent warfare with the Teutonic Knights.
1238 - Yurii, killed in battle with Mongols at battlee of Siti River on 4
March. His sons killed at Moscow and Vladimir. The entire principality is
conquered by multiple Mongol armies. Ryazan captured on 12 Dec 1237, then
Moscow, then Vladimir on 8 Feb. 1238 after week-long siege.