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Demeter I

( Governor of Georgia)

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Biography Demeter I
Demetre I (1125-1156). In 1125, after the death of David Agmashenebeli throne took his eldest son Demetre I. He inherited from his father's powerful state, stretching from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea-sky. Although a single state of Seljuk Turks no longer existed, but the southern borders of Georgia was formed several Muslim possessions. King Demetre had refrained from active politics and sought to preserve Georgia borders inherited from his father. Nevertheless, he had to make certain concessions and return Ani and Shirvan their prezh-inherit him, but with the condition of their allegiance from Georgia.

Complicate the situation and within the country. In 1130 the younger brother of King Demetre organized a conspiracy against him, for which he was severely punished - blinded.

Muslim rulers did not put up with the increase in Georgia. Gandzinsky emir, who was a vassal state of Georgia, has chosen the path of defiance of Georgia. In 1138 Gandza was taken cargo-us. In a sign of victory the king took the city gates and donated them Gelati Monastery-tyryu.

The king Demetre had two sons: the eldest, David and George Jr.. According to the law of inheritance the throne belonged to David, but for reasons unknown to us the king Demetre favored younger son George. Fearing, however, after the death of his father and really did not take the throne of George, David repeatedly tried to overthrow his father from the throne.

In 1155 he achieved the desired goal: Demeter abdicated and took monastic vows as a monk. David V immediately took the imperial throne and began energetically to govern. However, he could only appoint to high positions of their supporters, as well as six months after the accession, he died. After the death of David V-th regained the throne Demeter I, who also died suddenly in 1156. He was buried in the Gelati Monastery.


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