Rogvolod was born 920 in Västergötland, Sweden to Ulf Tostesson Jarl of Skara and Ingeborg and died 978 Polotsk, Polatsk Rayon, Vitsebsk Voblasts, Belarus of unspecified causes.

Prince of Polotsk

Rogvolod, post stamp of Belarus
Reign 945–978
Predecessor ?
Successor conquered
Spouse ?
House ?
Father Ulf Tostesson Jarl of Skara
Mother Ingeborg
Burial ?

Rogvolod (Russian: Рогволод, Rogvolod; Belarusian: Рагвалод, Rahvałod) (c. 920 – 978) was first chronicled prince of Polatsk (945–978). In the Russian Primary Chronicle, he is known as Рогъволодъ, probably a slavicized version of the Old Norse name Ragnvald. He came from overseas (i.e., from Scandinavia or Southern Baltic) and established himself at Polotsk in the mid-10th century. According to the Russian Primary Chronicle, Vladimir the Great sought an alliance with him in 980 by marrying his daughter Rogneda, but she insultingly refused, prompting Vladimir to attack Rogvolod and his sons and kill them, after which he forcibly took Rogneda as his wife.[1]


  1. ^ Janet Martin, Medieval Russia 980-1584 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), 1.

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Offspring of Rogvolod and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Rogneda Rogvolodovna of Polotsk (962-1002) 962 1002 Vladimir I Svyatoslavich of Kiev (c958-1015)



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