Святослав I (Рюриковичи) Киевский
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Святослав Игоревич (Рюриковичи) Киевский (abt. 0942 - 0972)

Святослав Игоревич (Святослав I) "Sviatoslav Igorevich, Grand Prince of Kiev, Warrior King" Киевский formerly Рюриковичи aka of Kiev, Рюрикович
Born about in Kievan Rus'map
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in near Dnieper River, Kiev, Ukrainemap
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Sviatoslav I Igorevich (Old East Slavic: С~тославъ / Свѧтославъ[1] Игорєвичь, Sventoslavŭ / Svantoslavŭ Igorevičǐ; Russian: Святослав Игоревич, Sviatoslav Igorevich; Ukrainian: Святослав Ігорович, Sviatoslav Ihorovych; Bulgarian: Светослав, Svetoslav, Greek: Σφενδοσθλάβος, Sphendosthlabos) (c. 942 – March 972), also spelled Svyatoslav, was a prince of Rus. [1]

Name: Sviatoslav (Suitislaus) Kiev
Given Name: Sviatoslav (Suitislaus)
Surname: Kiev
Name: Sviatoslav I of Kiev
Given Name: Sviatoslav I of Kiev
Name: Svyatoslav I [2]
Name: Sviatoslav I The Brave
Name: Svyatoslav of KIEV
Source: #S994
Name Suffix: , Grand Duke of Kiev
Name Suffix: [Grand Duke of]


Title: Grand Duke of Kiev
Occupation: Prince of Kiev


Date: 942

Born between 935-945.


Sviatoslav's appearance has been described very clearly by Leo the Deacon, who himself attended the meeting of Sviatoslav with John I Tzimiskes. Following Deacon's memories, Sviatoslav was a blue-eyed male of average height but of stalwart build, much more sturdy than Tzimiskes. He shaved his blond head and his beard but wore a bushy mustache and a sidelock as a sign of his nobility.[11] He preferred to dress in white, and it was noted that his garments were much cleaner than those of his men, although he had a lot in common with his warriors. He wore a single large gold earring bearing a carbuncle and two pearls.[3]


Type: lis.
Father: , Igor I of Kiev, Prince of Kiev, b. ABT 875
Mother: , Olga of Kiev, Regent of Kiev, b. ABT 890
Associated with , Malusha
Child 1: , Vladimir (St.) the Great of Kiev, Grand Prince of Kiev, b. 960
Married to , Predeslava of Hungary
Child 2: , Yaropolk I of Kiev, Prince of Kiev, b. ABT 958
Child 3: , Oleg, b. ABT 959


Religion: Wikipedia: Sviatoslav remained a staunch pagan all of his life

Sviatoslav's mother, Olga, converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity at the court of Byzantine Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitus in 957.[4] However, Sviatoslav remained a pagan all of his life. In the treaty of 971 between Sviatoslav and the Byzantine emperor John I Tzimiskes, the Rus' are swearing by Perun and Veles.[5] According to the Primary Chronicle, he believed that his warriors (druzhina) would lose respect for him and mock him if he became a Christian.[6] The allegiance of his warriors was of paramount importance in his conquest of an empire that stretched from the Volga to the Danube.[7]


Date: MAR 972
Date: 973
Date: 972-973
Place: Kiev, Kiev, Ukraine
Place: Kiev, Ukraine
Place: Dnieper Cataracts, Russia
Age: 30-31
Cause: Ambushed and killed by the Pecheneg warriors of Khan Kurya, his skull was made into a chalice for Kurya.

Sviatoslav Sculpure

Note N500Sviatoslav_sculputre


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sviatoslav_I_of_Kiev
  2. Source: #S27185 Data: Text: Date of Import: Jan 14, 2001
  3. Vernadsky 276–277. The sidelock is reminiscent of Turkic hairstyles and practices and was later mimicked by Cossacks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sviatoslav_I_of_Kiev#cite_note-12
  4. Based on his analysis of De Ceremoniis, Alexander Nazarenko hypothesizes that Olga hoped to orchestrate a marriage between Sviatoslav and a Byzantine princess. If her proposal was peremptorily declined (as it most certainly would have been), it is hardly surprising that Sviatoslav would look at Byzantium and her Christian culture with suspicion. Nazarenko 302.
  5. Russian traditional culture: religion, gender, and customary law, Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer. Books.google.com. p. 4. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
  6. Primary Chronicle
  7. Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sviatoslav_I_of_Kiev#cite_note-13


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Kiev-20 and ??????????-4 appear to represent the same person because: Reproposing this merge. The ??????????-4 is clearly a duplicate, but should become the target profile as Kiev-20 does not follow LNAB conventions (English territorial name instead of dynasty name in local language).
?????????-2 and ??????????-4 appear to represent the same person because: unknown with the same parents and dates as Sviatoslav.
Who does this profile represent? Sviatoslav I, son of Igor, died in 972. This profile has a death date of 1007. Van_Rusland-2 definitely represents Sviatoslav.
Van Rusland-2 and Kiev-20 are not ready to be merged because: there are to many critical dates the dont mach
posted by Lars Vad
Van Rusland-2 and Kiev-20 appear to represent the same person because: Parents and grandfather are also duplicates.
Additional source:

Royal Genealogies, Or the Genealogical Tables of Emperors, Kings and Princes by Rev. James Anderson pub 1732


page 404/428 (image page number/PDF page number) Table CLXXV 175 The Princes and Czars of Duscovy or Russia page 404/428, 405/429

Svietislaus Igorowitz was very young at his father's death, and therefore under the guardianship of mother Olga. He removed his seat from Kiev to Perislow. He had war with the Grecians, ans was at last slain by Cured Duke or General of the Peucinigi and Bessini.

posted by Rod Carty
Of Kiev-53 and Kiev-20 appear to represent the same person because: same name, father, spouse, child
posted by Darrell Parker
Please see the G2G post about the associated wife, Russia-12 (Debrima Russia [Queen of]).

Many concerns have been expressed about this wife.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you are able to provide.

posted by GeneJ X

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