Alexander Nevsky (Russian: Александр Невский) was a medieval Russian prince who ruled over Novgorod in the 13th century. He is known for bravely fighting back attacks from Teutonic knights in the Northern Crusade. The most famous story from this time period is of his leadership at the Battle of the Ice in 1242. During the course of the battle, Nevsky and his men were initially struggling to fend off the well-armed invaders. However, tradition has it that once fighting had shifted onto the frozen Lake Peipus, the Teutonic cavalry began falling through the ice due to the weight of their armor. This caused a mass panic and the Russian militia routed the knights. Now famous as a defender of Russia and the Orthodox faith, he was canonized as a saint. Most Orthodox people named Alexander in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus regard him as their patron saint.