Rusian genealogy

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Sviatosha Davidich

b. unknown – d. unknown


David Sviatoslavich [2]


unknown [3]


Svjatoslav, called Svjatoša, Davydič is most famous for his assumption of monastic orders in 1106, an uncommon act for a Rusian ruler not on his deathbed. [5] There is no record of his marriage, apart from Zotov’s reference to the Ljubeč Sinodik, where he has a wife named Anna. [6] There is no other information in either source for her, and it is only in Baumgarten where she is given a patronymic, Svjatopolkovna. [7] Dimnik, in the first volume of his Dynasty of Chernigov duology, uses Baumgarten’s identification of “Anna” as a reason for Svjatoša’s assistance of Svjatopolk Izjaslavič’s military campaigns of the late eleventh century, but unfortunately there is no primary source evidence for this marriage, nor is Dimnik’s rationale entirely convincing. [8] His identification rests on Baumgarten’s, and his explanation, while plausible, could also be explained by Svjatoša’s desire to increase his own wealth, or a distancing himself from his own family in a bid for power, an event seen later as well. [9] For these reasons, I cannot accept the identification of a wife of Svjatoša as a Svjatopolkovna, even if one stipulates that there was a wife at all.


  1. Birth/Death: [↑]
  2. Father: PVL s.a. 1097.[↑]
  3. Mother: Conjectural based upon the existence of Sviatosha himself.[↑]
  4. Kniaz′ of Lutsk: PVL s.a. 1097.; PVL s.a. 1097.[↑]
  5. NPL, s.a. 1106; NChL, s.a. 1106.[↑]
  6. Zotov, O Chernigovskix knjaz′jakh, 38, 261.[↑]
  7. Baumgarten, “Généalogies” Table IV.[↑]
  8. Dimnik, Dynasty of Chernigov, 1046–1146, 231. Though admittedly I did find it so at one time and followed Dimnik’s argument in other work; see my Reimagining Europe, 56. In part I was convinced otherwise by A. V. Nazarenko, Drevnjaja Rus´ i slavjane: istoriko-filologičeskie issledovanija (Moscow: Russkij fond sodejstvija obrazovaniju i nauke, 2009), 152–53.[↑]
  9. Rostislav Iurevič flees his father to Izjaslav Mstislavič in 1148 in an attempt to receive land and recognition that he did not receive at home in Volodymyr–Suzdal′. Hypatian Chronicle, s.a. 1148.[↑]