Vasily I

Vasily I
Russian Vasily Dmitriyevich

born 1371
died February 1425, Moscow

Grand prince of Moscow (1389–1425).

After helping the Tatar khan Tokhtamysh fight Timur, he succeeded his father as grand prince of Moscow and Vladimir. He enlarged his realm to include Nizhny Novgorod and Murom in the central Volga region, but his efforts to expand westward brought him into conflict with Lithuania and Novgorod. He prepared to fight Timur in 1395, but the Mongol leader withdrew from Russian lands without a battle. Vasily kept his state independent until the Tatars reasserted control in 1408.

* * *

▪ grand prince of Moscow
in full Vasily Dmitriyevich
born 1371
died February 1425, Moscow

      grand prince of Moscow from 1389 to 1425.

      While still a youth, Vasily, who was the eldest son of Grand Prince Dmitry Donskoy (ruled Moscow 1359–89), travelled to the Tatar khan Tokhtamysh (1383) to obtain the Khan's patent for his father to rule the Russian lands as the grand prince of Vladimir. Diplomatically overcoming the challenge of the prince of Tver, who also sought the patent, Vasily succeeded in his mission. But he was subsequently kept at Tokhtamysh's court as a hostage until 1386 when, taking advantage of Tokhtamysh's conflict with his suzerain Timur Lenk (Tamerlane), he escaped and returned to Moscow.

      Despite the hostility caused by his flight, in 1388 Vasily led a Muscovite military contingent in Tokhtamysh's campaign against Timur Lenk in Central Asia; and after returning home he received Tokhtamysh's patent and succeeded his father as grand prince of Moscow and Vladimir (1389). Embarking on a program of aggrandizement for Moscow, Vasily (with permission from Tokhtamysh) annexed the principalities of Nizhny Novgorod and Murom, thereby increasing Moscow's control over the central Volga region. His efforts to expand westward, however, brought him into conflict with both Lithuania (with which he had maintained cordial relations, particularly after marrying the Grand Duke's daughter Sophia in 1390) and Novgorod. Although he temporarily settled the Muscovite–Lithuanian territorial disputes by placing the border between the two states along the Ugra River, his clashes with Novgorod continued intermittently from 1397 to 1417.

      Vasily also remained involved in Tatar politics. In 1395 he raised an army to fight Timur Lenk, who had invaded the Russian lands after defeating Tokhtamysh. Timur Lenk retreated before engaging Vasily in battle, and during the next decade the Muscovite Grand Prince was able to make his state effectively independent of Tatar dominance. In 1408, however, Edigü, who had replaced Tokhtamysh and reorganized the Tatar khanate, laid siege to Moscow and compelled Vasily to resume his tribute payments to the Khan and again recognize Tatar suzerainty.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Vasily II — Russian Vasily Varilyevich known as Vasily the Blind born 1415 died March 27, 1462, Moscow Grand Prince of Moscow (1425–62). At age 10 he was named to succeed his father, Vasily I, but for many years his uncle and cousins struggled to wrest the… …   Universalium

  • Vasily — (as used in expressions) Chuikov Vasily Ivanovich Golitsyn Vasily Vasilyevich Prince Kandinsky Vasily Vasilievich Tikhomirov Vasily Dmitrievich Vasily II Vasily the Blind Vasily Varilyevich Vasily I Vasily Dmitriyevich * * * …   Universalium

  • Vasily — Vasili or Vasily may refer to:* Vasili, a village in Cyprus * Wassily Chair, 1920s furniture, named after Wassily Kandinsky; People *Vasili I of Moscow Grand Prince from 1389 1425 *Vasili II of Moscow Grand Prince from 1425 1462 *Vasili III of… …   Wikipedia

  • Vasily II of Moscow — Vasily II Vasiliyevich Tyomniy (Blind) (Василий II Васильевич Тёмный in Russian) (March 10, 1415 – March 27, 1462, Moscow) was the Grand Prince of Moscow whose long reign (1425 1462) was plagued by the greatest civil war of Old Russian… …   Wikipedia

  • Vasily Dzhugashvili — Vasily Iosifovich Dzhugashvili (Russian Василий Иосифович Джугашвили), known also as Vasily Stalin (Russian Василий Иосифович Сталин), (March 21 1921 – March 19 1962), was the son of Joseph Stalin and his second wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva. Early… …   Wikipedia

  • Vasily Aksyonov — Vasily Pavlovich Aksyonov ( ru. Василий Павлович Аксёнов) (b. 1932) is a Russian novelist who began his career in the Soviet era. He is known in the West as the author of The Burn ( Ожог , Ozhog , from 1975) and the critically… …   Wikipedia

  • Vasily Livanov — Vasily Borisovich Livanov OBE ( ru. Василий Борисович Ливанов) (born 19 July, 1935) is a notable Russian and Soviet film actor, screenwriter, voice actor and the only one to have been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his… …   Wikipedia

  • Vasily Jakovlevich Zinger — Nacimiento 1836 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Vasily Degtyaryov — Born Vasily Degtyaryov January 2, 1880(1880 01 02) Tula Died January 16, 1949 …   Wikipedia

  • Vasily Strelnikov — ( ru. Василий Стрельников, also known as друг агрессивно прогрессивной молодёжи ) is a well known Russian American New York born VJ, most commonly known to the Boomerang Generation as the voice behind MTV Russia, which he was during the 1998/2002 …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.