Andrey II of Vladimir

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Portrait of Andrey Yaroslavich from the 18th century Titularnik

Prince Andrey II Yaroslavich (Андрей Ярославич) (c. 1222 – 1264) was the third son of Yaroslav II who succeeded his uncle Svyatoslav III as the Grand Duke of Vladimir in 1249. Three years later, he challenged the Mongols and was ousted by them from Russia.

In 1240 Novgorodians expelled his brother, Alexander Nevsky, from the city and asked Yaroslav II to send them another commander. Andrey was sent to the wayward republic instead, only to leave it several months later. When the city was attacked by Teutonic Knights, Yaroslav again sent Andrey with several units to help. In 1242, Andrey joined his Suzdalian forces with Alexander's and saw action in the celebrated Battle on the Ice.

In 1247, when their father died, Andrey and Alexander went to Karakorum in Mongolia, where Andrey was appointed the next Grand Duke of Vladimir by Guyuk khan. On their return to Russia two years later, they found that the Russian capital had been seized by their young brother Mikhail Khorobrit. The latter, however, was killed in battle with Lithuanians several months later.

Upon ascending the golden throne of his fathers, Andrey resolved to assert some independence from the Horde. He married a daughter of Danylo of Halych, who was the Mongols' avowed enemy. A year later, his uncle Svyatoslav, offended by his ousting from Vladimir, went to the Horde to secure the throne for himself. He was followed by Alexander Nevsky, who blamed Andrey for appropriating a portion of tribute due to the Horde. The khan sent a punitive expedition which defeated Andrey near Pereslavl. Novgorod didn't want to give him shelter, either, so that Andrey had to escape to Kolyvan and then to Sweden.

In 1256 Andrey travelled to Sarai to ask pardon for his former infidelity. On his return to Russia, he received from Alexander the easternmost Russian lands, including the towns of Nizhny Novgorod and Gorodets on the Volga. After Alexander died in 1263, Andrey aspired to add Vladimir to his possessions, but was thwarted in his designs by his younger brother Yaroslav of Tver.

The princely house of Suzdal and Nizhny Novgorod, which has been known since the 14th century as the House of Shuisky, descends from Andrey II of Vladimir.

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This article incorporates material from the public domain 1906 Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary.


Andrey II of Vladimir
Born: 1222 Died: 1264
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Svyatoslav III
Grand Prince of Vladimir
1249–1252
Succeeded by
Alexander Nevsky
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Vasilko Romanovich
2nd in line to Grand Prince of Kiev
1252–1264
Succeeded by
Vasily of Kostroma