|Prince of Polotsk|
Rogvolod, post stamp of Belarus
|Born||c. 920 (?)|
Rogvolod (Russian: Рогволод, translit. Rogvolod; Belarusian: Рагвалод, translit. Rahvałod) (c. 920 – 978) was first chronicled prince of Polatsk (945–978). In the Russian Primary Chronicle, he is known as Рогъволодъ, probably a slavicized version of the Old Norse name Ragnvald. He came from overseas (i.e., from Scandinavia or Southern Baltic) and established himself at Polatsk in the mid-10th century. According to the Russian Primary Chronicle, Vladimir the Great sought an alliance with him in 980 by marrying his daughter Rogneda, but she insultingly refused, prompting Vladimir to attack Rogvolod and his sons and kill them, after which he forcibly took Rogneda as his wife.
- Janet Martin, Medieval Russia 980-1584 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 1.
- Oleg Łatyszonek, Ales’ Bely. On the Scandinavian origin of Rahvalod // Annus Albaruthenicus/Год беларускі №6. 2005.
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