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Please place your cursor over a box to see if it is linked to a brief description of the individual. Then all the individual biographies are linked directly with father and sons so one may move from Rurik to Nicholas II. Izyaslav Yaroslavich ruled Turov before becoming Prince of Kyiv. His descendents continued to control the Turov region when they were not princes of Kyiv. But the entire region fell to Lithuania in the 14th century.

The Turov principality was linked to Pinsk and had udels derived from it at Slutsk and Klyetsk. The Turov-Pinsk land was northeast of Volynia and west of Polotsk. It was noted from the 9th century in the basin of the middle and lower course of the Pripyat river and its tributaries. The western border was with the Yatvyagian tribes and the north with Polotsk principality. On the east the border went along the Dniper. In addition to Turov there were larger towns at Pinsk, Klyetsk, Slutsk and Mozir. Prince Oleg at Kyiv attempted to bring the Turov-Pinsk lands under Rus control. The area had strategic importance since it bordered on Poland and the Baltic tribal (later Tetonic knight) lands and was a gateway for trade routes between the Dniper and Vistula. At the beginning of the 11th century Turov-Pinsk lands first came came under the rule of Svyatopolk Okayanni (accursed), who held Kyiv until unseated by Yaroslav. It was later given to Yaroslav's son, Izyaslav I and then to his son, Svyatopolk II. (shown here). At the end of the 11th century Turov-Pinsk land obtained its own bishopric. Always keeping in mind that Turov was a vital frontier post of the Rus lands, the princes at Kyiv tried to keep this region under their control, usually through a son or close relative. In the middle 12th century it became separate from Kyiv. In 1132 it briefly fell to control of the Minsk prince and in 1157 under prince Yuri Yaroslavich (shown above) the land was totally separated from Kyiv. With his sons the Turov-Pinsk land was then divided into several principalities at Turov, Pinsk and others and finally lost its preeminent importance.
Turov principality - its capital was Turov. The town is mentioned in the Tale of ancient times under the year 980. In 1240 the town and principality were sacked by the Tatars. Then the region was an center of fighting between princes. At one point even Yuri Dolgoruki put his son, Boris, in the town to control it. In the 14th century under Lithuanian prince Gedimin Turov was incorporated into his domain. Then in the 16th century it went to Poland.
Pinsk principality - capital at Pinsk. When Pinsk was founded is not known. It was mentioned first in the Lavrentii chronicle under 1097. As an independent principality it began in the second half of the 12th century. For a short time it also was under control of Minsk. After the destruction of Turov in 1240 Pinsk, escaping the conflagration, became one of the more important local centers. Around 1318 the town was taken by Gedimin and placed under control of his son Narimun, but was actually now a part of Lithuania. In 1471 Pinsk left the Kyiv principality. In 1521 by the will of prince Fedor Ivanovich Gorodetski it went to the Polish king, Sigismund.
Slutsk udel - It was furst mentioned in the Ipat'yevski chronicle under 1116 when it was burned by the Minsk prince Gleb during a war with Vladimir Monomakh. As an independent udel, Slutsk, with its dependencies was created in the 1190's from the rest of the Turov-Pinsk lands. It was a small principality in the basin of the Slutch liver and soon came under the influence of the more powerful Galich princes. In 1326 Slutsk fell to the Lithuanians. At the beginning of the 17th century it had princes of the Vladimir line, the descendents of grand prince Ol'gered of Lithuania. In 1582 it was divided amongst three of the Olyel'kovichi. In 1612 it went from Lithuanian prince Yan Radzivil.
Klyetsk udel - The town was first mentioned in the Ipat'yevski chronicle for 1128. As an independent udel Klyetsk and surrounding lands was divided from Turov in the12th century. It changed hands many times and the nfall to theGalich-Vol'nia principality.


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