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BAGRAT IV

( Governor of Georgia)

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Bagrat IV (1027-1072). Bagrat IV reigned in 1027, and already in 1028 in Georgia invaded the Byzantine army. The Byzantines were subjected to defeat are precisely the territory that once ravaged Basil II. then they rushed to the fortress Kldekari, this impregnable fortress defended Liparit Bagvashi. He managed to defeat the enemy and throw him back.

In 1031 in Constantinople, departed the embassy, headed by the queen Mariam. The peace talks ended successfully - was signed a peace treaty with Byzantium and Bagrat was given the title kurapalata.

in 1032 Liparit Bagvashi lured Tbilisi emir Jafar and took him prisoner. Liparit delivered the captive king and invited him to take Tbilisi. But intervened other feudal lords and their advice Bagrat let Emir. Five years later, again on the initiative liparites, Bagrat reined in Tbilisi. The siege lasted for two years. The emir was ready to run but secretly liparites part of the feudal advised the king to conclude peace with the Emir. Bagrat taken this step, especially since rumor has it seemed to help the Emir approaching a large army.

After two unsuccessful attempts to free Tbilisi deteriorated sharply relations between king and liparites. Kldekarsky ruler rebelled against the king. In combat Bagrat twice defeated.

In 1045 the elders of the city of Ani (ancient capital of Armenia) gave the city Bagrat. This complicated and not so simple relations between Georgia and Byzantium.

Liparites supported Byzantium, the status quo as a way to intervene in the internal affairs of Georgia. on this Bagrat IV decided to go to Constantinople and with the help of the emperor to settle relations with liparites. Emperor "reconciled" with the king liparites, who admitted over a royal power, but he became the ruler of the entire southern Georgia. This increased liparites had not like other feudal lords and in 1058 they captured liparites and handed it to the king. Liparites tonsured as a monk and was sent to Byzantium, where he later was active in the Georgian monastery of Athos.

Straightened with the rebellious feudal lord, Bagrat IV began to unite the country, but there arose a new threat. In 1064 Georgia invaded Turks suldzhuki led most of the Sultan Alf Arslan. after a three-day siege, they took the town of Akhalkalaki. Despite progress Sultan left Georgia. In 1064 the Seljuk Turks invaded again in Georgia. This time they destroyed the eastern Georgia. In 1072 Bagrat IV died.


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