Ivan II of Moscow

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ivan the Fair
Ivan II, miniature from the Tsarskiy titulyarnik ("Tsar's Book of Titles", 1672)
Prince of Moscow
Reign27 April 1353 – 13 November 1359
PredecessorSimeon I
SuccessorDmitri I
Born30 March 1326
Moscow, Principality of Moscow
Died13 November 1359(1359-11-13) (aged 33)
Moscow, Grand Duchy of Moscow
SpouseFedosia of Bryansk
Alexandra Velyaminova
Dmitri Donskoi
FatherIvan I of Moscow
ReligionEastern Orthodox

Ivan II Ivanovich the Fair (Russian: Иван II Иванович Красный, tr. Ivan II Ivanovich Krasnyy) (30 March 1326 – 13 November 1359) was the prince of Moscow and grand prince of Vladimir in 1353. Until that date, he had ruled the towns of Ruza and Zvenigorod. He was the second son of Ivan Kalita, and succeeded his brother Simeon the Proud, who died of the Black Death.


Upon succeeding his brother and because of increased civil strife among the Golden Horde, Ivan briefly toyed with the idea of abandoning traditional Moscow allegiance to the Mongols and allying himself with Lithuania, a growing power in the west. This policy was quickly abandoned and Ivan asserted his allegiance to the Golden Horde.[1]

Contemporaries described Ivan as a pacific, apathetic ruler, who didn't flinch even when Algirdas of Lithuania captured his father-in-law's capital, Bryansk.[2] He also allowed Oleg of Riazan to burn villages on his territory. However, Orthodox churchmen aided in consolidating the power of the Prince of Moscow. He received much aid from the capable Metropolitan Alexius. Like his brother, Ivan II was not as successful as his father or grandfather with regard to territorial expansion. Nevertheless, he was able to annex areas southwest of Moscow, including the areas of Borovsk, and Vereya.

He is buried in the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael in Moscow.

Marriages and children[edit]

Ivan was married twice. In 1341, Ivan married his first wife Fedosia Dmitrievna of Bryansk. She was a daughter of Dmitry Romanovich, Prince of Bryansk. She died childless in autumn 1342.

Ivan remained a widower for three years. In 1345, Ivan married his second wife, Alexandra Vassilievna Velyaminova. She was a daughter of Vasily Velyaminov, a mayor of Moscow. They had at least four children:


  1. ^ Janet Martin (1995). Medieval Russia, 980–1584. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-36832-4.
  2. ^ Alfred Rambaud, Edgar Saltus (1902). Russia. P. F. Collier & Son. pp. 146, 147. [1]

External links[edit]

Regnal titles
Preceded by Prince of Moscow
Succeeded by