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Yaroslav the Wise
Grand Prince of Rus'
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Forensic facial reconstruction
Full nameYaroslav Vladimirovich
TitlesPrince of Rostov? (978–1010), Prince of Novgorod (1010–1019)
DiedFebruary 20, 1054 [aged ~76]
PredecessorSviatopolk the Accursed
SuccessorIziaslav I
WifeIngegerd Olofsdotter, later Irene-Anna (a daughter of Olof Skötkonung)
Childrensee the main article
FatherVladimir the Great
MotherRogneda of Polotsk by the Primary Chronicle

Yaroslav I, Grand Prince of Rus', known as Yaroslav the Wise (c. 978 – February 20, 1054) was Grand Prince of Novgorod and Kiev. He brought together the two principalities for a time under his rule.

A son of the Varangian (Viking)[1][2] 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,[3] 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.[3]