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 Dmitry Donskoi

Dmitry Donskoi

Birth
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Death 19 May 1389 (aged 38)
Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Burial Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia
Plot In the catedrals
Memorial ID 5390 · View Source
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Prince of Moscow. Born Dmitri Ivanovich, the son of Aleksandra Marija Ivonova Veljaminova and Ivan II 'the Meek'. He succeeded his father at the age of nine, gaining the title of Prince of Moscow. At twelve, the great khan of the Golden Horde, overlords of the region, bestowed the title grand prince of Vladimir on him. He increased the territory of his principality by subduing the princes of Rostov and Ryazan, and by deposing the princes of Galich and Starodub. He had built the first stone Moscow Kremlin in 1367. The fortress withstood two sieges by Algirdas of Lithuania in 1368 and 1370. A third attempted siege in 1372 ended in the Treaty of Lyubutsk, resulting in a seven-year peace. When summoned before the Khan in 1371, he realized the Golden Horde was suffering from internal strife, he stopped paying tribute and encouraged Russian princes to resist their dominion. In 1378, most of the Russian princes lent him their aid, and at the head of a substantial army, he defeated the Mongols on the Vozha River. The two forces met again at the battle on Kulikovo Pole on the Don River where Dmitri routed Mongol forces and won the by name Donskoi (“of the Don”). The Tatars, however, sacked Moscow in 1382, and restored Mongol rule. Upon his death at age 38, he left Moscow the most powerful of all Russian principalities. He bequeathed his titles to his son Basil as sole inheritor; establishing the right of the Russian princes to retain hereditary lands. He was the first Grand Prince to bequeath his titles without consulting the khan. He is credited with having strengthened Moscow as the senior Rus principality, paving the way for a Muscovite central unified rule of all the Russias. He was canonized by the Orthodox Church in 1988.

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  • Added: 9 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5390
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dmitry Donskoi (12 Oct 1350–19 May 1389), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5390, citing The Kremlin, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .