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Yaroslav the Wise
|Yaroslav the Wise|
|Grand Prince of Rus'|
File:Yaroslav reconstruction edit.jpg|
Forensic facial reconstruction
|Full name||Yaroslav Vladimirovich|
|Titles||Prince of Rostov? (978–1010), Prince of Novgorod (1010–1019)|
|Died||February 20, 1054 [aged ~76]|
|Predecessor||Sviatopolk the Accursed|
|Wife||Ingegerd Olofsdotter, later Irene-Anna (a daughter of Olof Skötkonung)|
|Children||see the main article|
|Father||Vladimir the Great|
|Mother||Rogneda of Polotsk by the Primary Chronicle|
A son of the Varangian (Viking) Grand Prince Vladimir the Great, he was vice-regent of Novgorod at the time of his father’s death in 1015. His oldest surviving brother, Svyatopolk the Accursed, killed three of his other brothers and took power in Kiev. Yaroslav, with the support of the Novgorodians and the help of Varangian mercenaries, defeated Svyatopolk. He became the Grand Prince of Kiev in 1019. Yaroslav started to write down the legal customs. This served as the basis for a law code called the Russkaya Pravda ("Russian Justice"). During his long reign, Rus' reached the height of its cultural flowering and military power.
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