Alexander Nevsky

Prince of Novgorod and Kiev

Portrait Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky from Cyclopaedia of Univeral History, published in 1884.
Portrait of Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky from Cyclopaedia of Univeral History, published in 1884. Public Domain

Alexander Nevsky was also known as:

Prince of Novgorod and Kiev; Grand Prince of Vladimir; also spelled Aleksandr Nevski and, in Cyrillic, Александр Невский

Alexander Nevsky was noted for:

Stopping the advance of the Swedes and the Teutonic Knights into Russia

Occupations & Roles in Society:

Military Leader
Prince
Saint

Places of Residence and Influence:

Russia

Important Dates:

Born: c. 1220
Victorious in battle on the ice: April 5, 1242
Died: Nov.

14, 1263

 

About Alexander Nevsky:

The son of an important Russian leader, Alexander Nevsky was elected prince of Novgorod on his own merits. He succeeded in driving invading Swedes from Russian territory and fending off the Teutonic Knights. However, he agreed to pay tribute to the Mongols rather than fight them, a decision for which he has been criticized. Eventually he became Grand Prince and worked to restore Russian prosperity and establish Russian sovereignty. After his death, Russia disintegrated into feudal principalities.

For more about Alexander Nevsky's life and achievements, see his concise biography.

Alexander Nevsky Resources:

Concise Biography of Alexander Nevsky
Encyclopedia Article about Alexander Nevsky
Portrait of Alexander Nevsky
Alexander Nevsky Quiz
Alexander Nevsky on the Web

Alexander Nevsky in Print

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Alexander Nevsky on Film

Alexander Nevsky
This significant film by Sergei Eisenstein is just as interesting for its anti-Nazi propaganda as it is for its stunning battle sequence. A marvelous piece of cinema from a great Russian film-maker. Available in DVD.
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