No contemporary image of Alexander Nevsky was ever painted.   Alexander Nevsky  was a genuine Russian hero in his time who defeated the Swedes and the Germans, and negotiated with the Mongols to keep them from devastating his Novgorod principality and other parts of northern Russia.  His actions allowed people of Rus the time to form the Russian state which eventually drove out the foreigner invaders and lifted the Mongol yoke.

Alexander Nevsky is attributed with the following famous statement:


Ironically, seven hundred years later, in 1942, the Germans forgot Alexander Nevsky’s warning, and Hitler’s Wehrmacht lay shattered and frozen in front of Moscow.   The Germans will now heed this warning.

   Other Depictions of Alexander Nevsky

   Icons of Alexander Nevsky

1883 Silver Alexander Nevsky Medallion

Remake of the famous 1938 propaganda film issued on the eve of WW II.  Romanticized rendition of the 1242 “Battle on the Ice”.  In Russian.

“Alexander Nevsky Battle”. A 2008 movie dealing with events leading up to Alexander’s crushing defeat of the invading Swedes on the Neva River in 1240, and the battle itself.  Excellent film depicting Novgorod court intrigues, meddling of the Pope’s emissaries and the adroit handling of the Mongols by Alexander Nevsky.  The film culminates with Alexander Nevsky driving

his spear into the arrogant Swedish leader - historically accurate event.  Contains an interesting dialog between Alexander Nevsky and two emissaries of the Pope, to whom Alexander Nevsky basically said that Russia has her own religion and does not need  foreigners to bring her religion.  In Russian.

A 1992 stamp commemorating  750 anniversary of the “Battle on the Ice”.

“The Life of Saint Alexander Nevsky”.   Excellent book on the life story  of Alexander Nevsky, filled with drawing from early sources.  Russia text.

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on Toompea, Tallinn, Estonia


Alexander Nevsky condemning the Germans to death in 1242, after defeating them in a battle on the ice of Lake Peipsi.  Two years earlier, Alexander Nevsky had defeated the invading Swedes.  Ironically, the Russians again defeated the Germans 700 years later at Moscow.

Alexander Nevsky, St. Petersburg icon dating from 1910.  Gold leaf painted on wood.


“Now Everyone Is Against Us”, Zhanna Bichevskaja


1942 poster:

“Whoever comes to us with the sword shall perish by it.”

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