Svyatoslav , I, Grand Prince of Kiev
Sex: MIndividual InformationBirth: Christening: Death: 973 1 Burial: Cause of Death: AFN #:
ParentsFather: Igor , Grand Prince of Kiev Mother: St. Olga
Spouses and Children1. *Maloucha Marriage: Status: Children: 1. Vladimir I , Grand Prince of Kiev 2. Oleg 3. Yaropolk, Grand Prince of Kiev 972-980
Grand prince of Kiev from 945 and the greatest of the Varangian princes of early Russian history. Svyatoslav was the last non-Christian ruler of the Kievan state. After coming of age he began a series of bold military expeditions, leaving his mother, Olga, to manage the internal affairs of the Kievan state until her death in 969. The "Russian Primary Chronicle" says that Svyatoslav "sent messengers to the other lands announcing his intentin to attack them." Between 963 and 965 he defeated the Khazars on the lower Don and the Ossetes and Circassians in the northern Caucasus; he alsoattacked the Volga Bulgars. In 967 he defeated the Balkan Bulgars at the behest of the Byzantines, to whom he then refused to cede his conquest. He declared his intention of establishing a Russo-Bulgarian empire with its capital at Pereyaslavets (now Pereyaslav-Khmelnitsky) on the Danube. In 971, however, his comparatively small army was defeated by a Byzantine force under the emperor John I Tzimisces, and Svyatoslav was compelled to abandon his claim to Balkan territory. In the spring of 972, while Svyatoslav was returning to Kievan Rus with a small retinue, he was ambushed and killed by the Pechenegs (a Turkic people) near the cataracts of the Dnepr.
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1 Ancestral Roots, Frederick Weis, (Seventh Edition 1992,1993 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Maryland ISBN 0-8063-1207-6). 205.