Andrey of Gorodets

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Andrey III Alexandrovich (ca. 1255 – 27 July 1304), a Russian prince, son of Alexander Nevsky, received from his father the town of Gorodets on the Volga. In 1276 he added Kostroma to his possessions and joined the struggle for the Grand Duchy of Vladimir-Suzdal.

In 1281 Andrey, joining the Mongol army, expelled his elder brother Dmitri from Vladimir. After some feasting with Mongols in Vladimir, Andrey went to Novgorod, where the populace made him heartily welcome. Meanwhile, his brother allied himself with the powerful Nogai Khan, who reinstated Dmitry as Grand Duke of Vladimir in 1283.

During the following decade, Andrey thrice brought the Mongols to Russia in order to wrest Vladimir from his brother. In the campaign of 1293 they pillaged 14 Russian towns, finally forcing Dmitry to abdicate. Even when elevated to the grand-ducal throne of Vladimir, Andrey continued to live in Gorodets. During the last decade of his reign he struggled with a league formed by Daniel of Moscow, Mikhail of Tver, and Ivan of Pereslavl (ru). In 1301 he drove the Swedes from Landskrona near present-day Saint Petersburg.[1]

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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Dmitry of Pereslavl
Grand Prince of Vladimir-Suzdal
1293–1304
Succeeded by
Mikhail of Tver

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Alexandrovich". The Biographical Dictionary of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. 2. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans. 1843. p. 656. Retrieved 2017-02-23. ANDREW ALEXANDROVICH, a Russian prince, distinguished for meanness and servility in an age of meanness, was the second son of Alexander Nevsky [...]. [He showed] some energy against the Swedes, whom he defeated in 1301 on the banks of the Neva, and drove from Landskrona, a fortress which they had erected within a few miles of the site of the present St. Petersburg.