Vladimir the Great

Vladimir Sviatoslavich (Old East Slavic: Володимѣръ Свѧтославичь, Volodiměrъ Svętoslavičь;[lower-alpha 1] Old Norse Valdamarr gamli;[6] c. 958  15 July 1015), called the Great, was Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev, and ruler of Kievan Rus' from 980 to 1015.[7][8]

Vladimir the Great
Vladimir's effigy on one of his coins. He is crowned in the Byzantine style, holding a cross-mounted staff in one hand and a Khazar-inspired trident[1] in the other.
Grand Prince of Kiev
Reign11 June 980  15 July 1015
Coronation11 June 980
PredecessorYaropolk I of Kiev
SuccessorSviatopolk I of Kiev
Prince of Novgorod
Reign969  c. 977
PredecessorSviatoslav I of Kiev
SuccessorYaropolk I of Kiev
Bornc. 958
Budnik [ru] near Pskov (modern Pskov Oblast)[2] or Budyatychi (modern Volyn Oblast)[3]
Died15 July 1015 (aged approximately 57)
Berestove (today a part of Kyiv)
Burial
Spouse
Issue
among others
Names
Vladimir Sviatoslavich
DynastyRurikids
FatherSviatoslav I of Kiev
MotherMalusha (probably of Northern origin)[4]
ReligionChalcedonian Christianity (from 988)
prev. Slavic pagan
Saint Vladimir of Kiev
Prince of Novgorod
Grand Prince of Kiev
Bornc. 958
Died15 July 1015
Venerated inEastern Orthodox Church
Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Lutheranism[5]
Feast15 July
Attributescrown, cross, throne

Vladimir's father was Prince Sviatoslav I of Kiev of the Rurik dynasty.[9] After the death of his father in 972, Vladimir, who was then prince of Novgorod, was forced to flee to Scandinavia in 976 after his brother Yaropolk murdered his other brother Oleg of Drelinia and conquered Rus'. In Sweden, with the help of his relative Ladejarl Håkon Sigurdsson, ruler of Norway, he assembled a Varangian army and reconquered Novgorod from Yaropolk.[10] By 980, Vladimir had consolidated the Rus realm from modern-day Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to the Baltic Sea and had solidified the frontiers against incursions of Bulgarians, Baltic tribes and Eastern nomads. Originally a follower of Slavic paganism, Vladimir converted to Christianity in 988[11][12][13] and Christianized the Kievan Rus'.[9] He is thus also known as Saint Vladimir.


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