Yaroslav III was the son of Grand Prince Yaroslav II
, and succeeded his brother Alexander Nevsky
to the throne
on Alexander's death. Before that he had been prince of the city of Tver, where his descendant
s continued to rule. The people of Novgorod
, probably Russia's foremost city at the time, recognized Yaroslav as their prince shortly after he had received confirmation of his title from the Mongol
overlords of Russia. However, by 1270
, the people of Novgorod rebelled against Yaroslav, who threatened to bring in Mongol troops to subdue them. The Orthodox Church
leader Cyril, managed to mediate and bring affairs to a peaceful conclusion.
During the reign, the invasions from the north and west continued as they had in Alexander's reign; in 1268 Yaroslav's brother Sviatoslav managed to defeat the Lithuanians at Rakovor, bringing a little respite to Russia. Yaroslav died in 1271 and was succeeded by his brother Vasily.