Ihorovych Davyd

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Davyd Ihorovych (ca 1058–25.02.1112, town of Dorohobuzh, now in Hoscha District, Rivne Oblast) – Prince of Tmutorokan (1082–1083), Dorohobuzh (1084–1086, 1100–1112), and Volyn (1087–1098).

Son of the Prince Ihor Yaroslavych of Volodymyr-Volynsky, grandson of the Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise of Kyiv. After the death of his father (1060) he received nothing from the father’s lands and became a prince-outcast. In 1081, together with Volodar Rostyslavych captured Tmutorokan, but in 1083 was expelled by Oleh Sviatoslavych. In 1084 received from the Grand Prince Vsevolod Yaroslavych of Kyiv the town of Dorohobuzh in Volyn. After the death of Prince Yaropolk Iziaslavych in 1087 got the Volyn Principality.

He tried to take away Halych lands from Volodar and Vasylko Rostyslavychi with the help of the Grand Prince Sviatopolk Iziaslavych of Kyiv. In 1097 he treacherously captured and blinded the Prince Vasylko of Terebovlia.

Pursued by princes for the blinding of Vasylko, he escaped to Poland. Soon returned to the town of Volodymyr but during the siege of the town by the troops of the Grand Prince Sviatopolk Iziaslavych of Kyiv Davyd Ihorovych had to abandon it.

He continued the struggle for the Volyn throne. In 1099 Davyd Ihorovych called the Polovtisan Khan Boniak for help and with his assistance seized Volodymyr and Lutsk. But at the Vytychiv Convention in 1100 he was dispossessed of this domain. Instead of Volodymyr he got Volynian towns of Buzhsk, Ostroh, Dubno, and Chortoryisk, and a short time later Dorohobuzh. After the convention, Davyd withdrew from active politics. However, it is unlikely that the last twelve years of his life he did not try to change the situation to his advantage. He founded the unassailable Davyd-town in the lowlands of the River Horyn. Inside the round citadel stood a church, during the excavations of its remnants in 1937–1938 the remains of a princely burial were found, which could belong to Davyd Ihorovych.

Prince Davyd Ihorovych and his descendants were the progenitors of the Polish princely family of Lubomirskis. The rise of this family began in the mid-16 th c. Thus, Sebastian Lubomirski (ca 1539–1613) got the title of the Duke of the Holy Roman Empire in 1597, and his son Stanisław (1583–1649), who held high governmental posts of Voivode of Rus (1628–1638), Voivode and Starosta of Krakow (1638–1649), obtained the title of the Prince of the Holy Roman Empire in 1647. Over the 17 th – 19 th cc. the Lubomirski family took an important place in the military-political structure of Rzeczpospolita and the Austrian Empire.

Portrait (imaginary) of Davyd Ihorovych