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Battle on Pyana River


Battle on Pyana River

Battle on Pyana River
Date August 2 [O.S. July 21] 1377
Location Pyana River (Russian: Пья́на)
Result Defeat of Russian forces
Russian Forces Blue Horde
Commanders and leaders
Knyaz Ivan Dmitriyevich


Nizhny Novgorod
Khan Arapsha

The Battle on Pyana River took place on August 2, 1377 between the Blue Horde Khan Arapsha (Arab-Shah Muzaffar) and joint Russian troops under Knyaz Ivan Dmitriyevich, made up of the Pereyaslavl, Yaroslavl, Yuryev, Nizhny Novgorod and Murom warlords.[1]

The joint Russian army, being drunken, was almost entirely routed by small forces of Arapsha, while Ivan Dmitriyevich had drowned together with druzhina and staff.[1] The river's name Pyana, translated as "drunken" from Russian, is derived from those events.[2] The corresponding events are further recorded in the medieval Russian Chronicle On The Slaughter at Pyana River.


In 1377 Moscow became aware of Arapsha and Knyaz Dmitry draw an army to recover his father-in-law Dmitri of Nizhny Novgorod. However nothing had happened and the troops returned to Moscow. Young knyaz Ivan Dmitriyevich, who assumed the joint command, moved the troops to River Pyana. The voyevodas learned that Arapsh was still far away, on the river Volchyi Vody, a tributary of Don. Because of hot weather, the awaiting Russian warriors began wandering around and consuming alcoholic beverages like mead, ale, beer and the so-called Mordva pure, which the troops of Suzdal prince drank while waiting in the local villages for the battle to begin.[1]

The battle

By the time the Russian troops were intoxicated, Arapsha, drawn by Mordva nobles, had sensibly arrived and divided his troops into five units.[3] On August 2, he unexpectedly attacked the Russian forces from all sides. Unable to fight, the Russians retreated to Pyana. Ivan Dmitriyevich had drowned together with numerous servants and warriors while crossing the river. The rest were slain by enemy troops. The aftermath was catastrophic. The Tatars under Arapsha were then able to reach Niznhy Novgorod, prompting the evacuation of residents by boats, while Dmitry of Suzdal evacuated to Suzdal.[3] The town itself was sacked.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Pokhlebkin-Pokhlebkin 1992, p. 66.
  2. ^ Pokhlebkin-Pokhlebkin 1992, p. 67.
  3. ^ a b c Solovyov 1851-1879, pp. Chapter 7
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