Grand Duke Alexander Nevsky - a talented commander, diplomat, wise and strong ruler - put all his strength into protecting the Russian Land from foreign invaders. The Orthodox Church glorified the prince for his meek service to his neighbors and for the gracious help rendered to the people in times of severe trials and hardships.
The Grand Duke of Vladimir Alexander Nevsky had a difficult fate: "to save Russia, he had to simultaneously show the valor of a warrior and the humility of a monk."
The glory of this man was great already during his lifetime. The main battles won by the prince are the battle on the Neva with the Swedes in 1240 and the Battle on the Ice with the German knights (crusaders) on Lake Peipsi in 1242.