Principality of Volhynia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the successor state of the Galicia-Volhynia, see Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia.
Principality of Volhynia
Волинське князівство

Coat of arms

Principality of Volhynia (shown in orange)
Capital Volodymyr
Languages Old East Slavic
Religion Eastern Orthodox
Government Monarchy
 •  Established 987
 •  Disestablished 1199
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Flag of None.svg Kievan Rus'
Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia Alex K Halych-Volhynia.svg

The Principality of Volhynia (Ukrainian: Волинське князівство) was a western Kievan Rus' principality founded by the Rurik dynasty in 987 centered in the region of Volhynia in modern-day Ukraine. From 1069 to 1118 it belong to Izyaslavychi who primarily ruled from Turov (see Principality of Turov). After losing Turov to Monomakhovychi in 1105, the descendents of Izyaslav Yaroslavovych for few years continued to rule in Volhynia. From 1154 to 1199 the principality was named Principality of Volodymyr when the Principality of Lutsk (1154-1228) was separated.


The principality held the lands of the historic region of Volhynia from where it acquired its name. The capital of the principality as well as the largest and most important city of the region was Volodymyr. Other notable cities in the principality include Kremenets, Lutsk, Busk, Dorogobuzh, Brest, Belz and Shumsk.

Principality of Volhynia in beige.


The Principality of Volhynia along with her sister state, the Principality of Halych were formed by lesser sons of the ruling Rurik dynasty in Kiev. Following the fragmentation of the Kievan Rus', the principality achieved autonomy in 1154.

Following the death of the prince of Halych Volodymyr Yaroslavovych in 1199, the Halych line of the Rurik dynasty had become extinct and the prince of Volhynia, Roman the Great annexed the principality, moved his seat to the city of Old Halych and formed the united Kingdom of Galicia-Volhynia.


Rurikind / Yaroslavovychi[edit]

Rurikind / Volodymyrovychi[edit]

Yaroslavovychi / Izyaslavovychi[edit]

  • 1069 - 1086 Yaropolk Izyaslavich (King of Rus since 1078)
    • 1073 - 1078 occupation by Olehovychi (Oleg I of Chernigov)
    • 1086 - 1100 occupation by Ihorevychi (Davyd Ihorevych)
  • 1099 - 1100 Mstislav Svyatopolchych
  • 1100 - 1118 Yaroslav Svyatopolchych


Monomakhovychi / Mstislavovychi (senior line)[edit]

Piast vs Rurikind[edit]


  • 1340 - 1392 War for succession of the Kingdom of Rus between Poland and Lithuania
    • 1340 - 1384 Liubartas
    • 1366 - 1370 Oleksandr Korybut
    • 1384 - 1392 Fedir Liubartovych
  • 1430s - 1452 Švitrigaila during the civil war in Lithuania