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Alexander Nevsky

Key Figure of Medieval Rus Alexander Nevsky

Profession: Key Figure of Medieval Rus


Biography: The Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev and Grand Prince of Vladimir during some of the most trying times in the city's history. He rose to legendary status on account of his military victories over the German and Swedish invaders.

Born: May 30, 1220
Birthplace: Pereslavl-Zalessky, Vladimir-Suzdal (now Russia)
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: November 14, 1263 (aged 43)

Historical Events

  • 1240-07-15 A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeats the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva
  • 1242-04-05 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice
  • 1725-05-21 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I. It would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

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