Vasili I Rurik of Moscow was born 30 December 1371 in Moscow, Russia to Dmitri Ivanovich Donskoy (1350-1389) and Yevdokiya Dmitriyevna (1352-1407) and died 27 February 1425 in Moscow, Russia of unspecified causes. He married Sophia of Lithuania (1371-1453) 9 January 1391 JL in Moscow, Russia. Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, Belarus, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Byzantine Empire, Italy.

Vasili I Dmitrievich (Russian: Василий I Дмитриевич) (30 December 1371 – 27 February 1425) was Grand Prince of Moscow from 1389.

He was the oldest son of Dmitri Donskoy and Grand Princess Yevdokiya Dmitriyevna, daughter of Grand Prince Dmitri Konstantinovich of Nizhny Novgorod.

Domestic policy


Vasili I visiting his father-in-law, Vytautas the Great.

Vasili I continued the process of unification of the Russian lands: in 1392, he annexed the principalities of Nizhny Novgorod and Murom; in 1397–1398 – Kaluga, Vologda, Veliki Ustyug and Komi peoples' lands.

During his reign, feudal landownership kept growing. With the growth of princely authority in Moscow, feudals' judicial powers were partially diminished and transferred to Vasili's deputies and heads of volosts.

Foreign policy

To prevent Russia from being attacked by the Golden Horde, Vasili I entered into alliance with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in 1392 and married Sophia of Lithuania, the only daughter of Vytautas the Great. The alliance turned out to be fragile, since Vytautas would later capture Vyazma and Smolensk in 1403–1404.

Timur raided the Slavic lands in 1395; he ruined the Volgan regions but did not penetrate so far as Moscow. Timur's raid was of service to the Russian prince as it damaged the Golden Horde, which for the next twelve years was in a state of anarchy. During the whole of this time no tribute was paid to the khan, Olug Moxammat, though vast sums of money were collected in the Moscow treasury for military purposes. In 1408 Edigu ravaged Russians territory, but was unable to take Moscow. In 1412, however, Vasili found it necessary to pay the long-deferred visit of submission to the Horde.

The growing influence of Moscow abroad was underlined by the fact that Vasili married his daughter Anna to Emperor John VIII Palaeologus of Byzantium.

Marriage and children

He married Sophia of Lithuania. She was a daughter of Vytautas the Great and his wife Anna. They had nine known children:

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Offspring of Vasili I of Moscow and Sophia of Lithuania (1371-1453)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Anna Vasilyevna of Moscow (1393-1417)
Yuri Vasilyevich of Moscow (1395-1400) 18 May 1395 30 November 1400
Ivan Vasilyevich of Moscow (1396-1417) 15 January 1396 20 July 1417 Moscow, Russia
Anastasia Vasilyevna of Moscow (c1398-1470) 1398 Moscow, Russia 1470 Kiev, Ukraine Aleksandr Vladimirovich of Kiev (1390-1454)

Daniil Vasilyevich of Moscow (1400-1401)
Vasilisa Vasilyevna of Moscow (c1403-c1460)
Simeon Vasilyevich of Moscow (1405-1405)
Maria Vasilyevna of Moscow (c1408-c1470)
Vasili II Vasilyevich of Moscow (1415-1462) 10 March 1415 Moscow, Russia 27 March 1462 Maria Yaroslavna of Borovsk (c1418-1485)


Namesakes of Vasili I Dmitriyevich of Moscow (1371-1425)

 Birth placeDeath placeFatherMotherJoined with
Vasili III Ivanovich of Russia (1479-1533)Moscow, RussiaIvan III Vasilyevich of Russia (1440-1505)Zoe Palaiologina (c1448-1503)Solomonia Yuryevna Saburova (c1490-1542) + Elena Vasilievna Glinskaya (1506-1538)
Vasili II Vasilyevich of Moscow (1415-1462)Moscow, RussiaVasili I Dmitriyevich of Moscow (1371-1425)Sophia of Lithuania (1371-1453)Maria Yaroslavna of Borovsk (c1418-1485)
Vasili I Dmitriyevich of Moscow (1371-1425)Moscow, RussiaMoscow, RussiaDmitri Ivanovich Donskoy (1350-1389)Yevdokiya Dmitriyevna (1352-1407)Sophia of Lithuania (1371-1453)
Vasili Aleksandrovich of Novgorod (c1240-1271)Aleksandr Nevsky (1220-1263)
Vasili Andreyevich of Suzdal (c1247-c1308)Andrei II Yaroslavich of Vladimir (c1222-1264)Ustyniya Daniilovna of Halych (c1232-c1279)
Vasili Andreyevich of Mologa (c1405-aft1574)RussiaRussiaAndrei Borisovich of Mologa (c1465-c1530)
Vasili Andreyevich of Vyazma (c1221-c1250)Andrei Vladimirovich Dolgaya Ruka of Vyazma (c1205-1223)
Vasili Borisovich of Shumorovo (c1430-c1470)Yaroslavl Oblast, RussiaYaroslavl Oblast, RussiaBoris Glebovich of Shumorovo (c1395-c1450)
Vasili Danilovich (c1287-c1310)Daniil Aleksandrovich of Moscow (1261-1303)Mariya Glebovna of Beloozero (c1264-c1300)
Vasili Davidovich of Yaroslavl (1311-1345)Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, RussiaYaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, RussiaDavid Fyodorovich of Yaroslavl (c1285-1321)Nomen nescioYevdokiya Ivanovna of Moscow (1324-1342)
Vasili Glebovich of Beloozero c1267-1283)Gleb Vasilkovich of Beloozero (1237-1278)Feodora Sartakovna (c1240-1273)
Vasili Ivanovich (1562-1562)Ivan IV Vasilyevich of Russia (the Terrible) (1530-1584)Maria Temryukovna Cherkasskaya (c1545-1569)
Vasili Konstantinovich of Rostov (1291-1316)Konstantin Borisovich of Rostov (1255-1307)
Vasili Konstantinovich of Galich-Dmitrov (c1250-1310)Konstantin Yaroslavich of Galich-Dmitrov (c1225-1255)
Vasili Mikhailovich of Vereya and Belozero (-1501)Belozero, RussiaLithuaniaMikhail Andreyevich of Mozhaisk (bef1432-1486)Elena Yaroslavna of Borovsk (?-1484)Maria Palaiologina (?-?)
Vasili Mikhailovich (c1295-c1340)Mikhail Glebovich of Beloozero (1263-1293)Younger Daughter of Fyodor Rostislavich (c1263-c1315)
Vasili Mstislavich of Novotorzhok (c1201-1218)Mstislav Mstivlavich Udatnyi of Novgorod (c1170-1228)Maria of Cumania (c1185-c1260)
Vasili Vasilyevich of Yaroslavl (c1248-c1250)Vasili Vsevolodovich of Yaroslavl (c1228-1249)Ksenia
Vasili Vasilyevich of Yaroslavl (c1339-c1380)Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, RussiaYaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, RussiaVasili Davidovich of Yaroslavl (1311-1345)Yevdokiya Ivanovna of Moscow (1324-1342)Unknown Yuryevna of Smolensk
Vasili Vladimirovich of Uglich (1394-1427)Peremyshl, Kaluga Oblast, RussiaRussiaVladimir Andreyevich of Serpukhov (1353-1410)Elena of Lithuania (?-1438)Ulyana Mikhailovna (?-a1446)
Vasili Vsevolodovich of Yaroslavl (c1228-1249)Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, RussiaVladimir, Vladimir Oblast, RussiaVsevolod Konstantinovich of Yaroslavl (1210-1238)Olga Olgovna of Kursk (c1211-c1270)Ksenia
Vasili Yaroslavich (c1305-1345)Yaroslav Yuryevich (c1270-c1320)
Vasili Yaroslavich of Borovsk (1426-1483)RussiaRussiaYaroslav Vladimirovich of Maloyaroslavets (1389-1426)Maria Fyodorovna Koshkina-Goltyayeva (?-aft1456)Maria Ivanovna + Unknown
Vasili Fyodorovich of Mologa (c1408-c1460)Mologa, Yaroslavl Oblast, RussiaMologa, Yaroslavl Oblast, RussiaFyodor Mikhailovich of Mologa (c1340-1408)

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