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GEORGI I

( Governor of Georgia)

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George I (1014-1027). After the death of Bagrat III for the imperial throne of his twelve-year son George I. Pupillage king took advantage of the feudal lords of Kakheti and Hereti and again separated from the united Georgia. George decided that for him is more important than fighting for the Byzantine lands of David Kurapalata.

George took advantage of the fact that the Emperor Basil was busy fighting the Bulgarians and the force took possession of the former David Kurapalata. Successfully finishing the war with Bulgaria (1018g.) Vasily went against Georgia. George tried to create a coalition against Byzantium and to this end has contacted the Sultan of Egypt Al-Hakim. But Al-Hakim was killed shortly afterwards.

Basil demanded. George returned to occupation of the land. Georgian King refused to comply with this requirement and the emperor moved his troops. Georgians repeatedly defeated vizantiitsami, decisive battle took place in 1021 at Shirimni. The battle ended in victory for the Byzantines. In the battle directly involved himself King George. Chroniclers especially polcherkivayut courage and boldness George. Emperor Basil ravaged province: Trialeti, Javakheti, Artaani and on the way back encamped near Trebizond. Began peace talks, George tried to buy time, delay the negotiations, and meanwhile the uprising began in Byzantium Nicephorus Ksifa and Nicephorus Phocas. The rebels had links with George, Basil crushed the revolt and sent the severed head George Phocas. Geoprgy was vynezhden conclude a peace treaty with Byzantium in 1023. Under this treaty Tao again left for Byzantium. However, in Constantinople, was sent to a hostage for three years the prince Bagrat. In 1027 King George I died. He was buried in Kutaisi.


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