Mstislav II of Kiev

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Assumption Cathedral in Volodymyr-Volynskyi was built by Mstislav in 1160.

Mstislav II Izyaslavich (Ukrainian: Мстислав Ізяславич; Russian: Мстислав Изяславич) (died 19 August 1170) was the Kniaz' (Prince) of Pereyaslav, Volodymyr-Volynsky and Velikiy Kniaz (Grand Prince) of Kiev (1167–1169, 1170). Son of Izyaslav Mstislavich, Velikiy Kniaz' (Grand Prince) of Kiev.

Along with his father, he participated in the wars against Yury Dolgoruky and the Chernigov princes. After an initial victory against the Cumans in 1153, Mstislav was defeated by the Cumans at the Psyol river. Yury Dolgoruky forced him to flee to Poland in 1155, but the next year Mstislav returned with a new army and defeated Dolgoruky at Volodymyr-Volynsky. Dolgoruky died in 1157, and Mstislav had himself crowned at Volodymyr-Volynsky.

In 1169, Kiev was sacked by Grand Prince Andrey Bogolyubsky who removed Mstislav as grand prince.[1] Mstislav passed his exile in Byzantium and during Emperor Manuel I's reign, was rewarded the district of Otskalana.[2]

In 1151 Mstislav married Agnes, the daughter of Duke Boleslaus III of Poland.[3] They had three sons:

  1. Roman Mstislavich (c. 1152–1205)
  2. Sviatoslav Mstislavich, Prince of Brest
  3. Vsevolod Mstislavich of Volhynia, Prince of Belz, Prince of Volodymyr-Volynsky (died 1196)

His death is reported in 1172 in the book Heraldry of the Royal Families of Europe, Jiri Louda and Michael Maclagan. Clarkson N Potter, New York 1981 in Table 135



  1. ^ Janet Martin, Treasure of the Land of Darkness: The Fur Trade and Its Significance for Medieval Russia, (Cambridge University Press, 1986), 127.
  2. ^ Rus'-Byzantine Princely Marriages in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries, Alexander Kazhdan, Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 12/13, Proceedings of the International Congress Commemorating the Millennium of Christianity in Rus'-Ukraine (1988/1989), 414.
  3. ^ Nora Berend, Przemysław Urbańczyk and Przemysław Wiszewski, Central Europe in the High Middle Ages: Bohemia, Hungary and Poland, c.900–c.1300, (Cambridge University Press, 2013), 226.
Preceded by
Iziaslav III
Grand Prince of Kiev
Succeeded by
Gleb I