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SVIMON I

( King of Kartli)

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Svimon I (1556-1569; 1578-1600) - King of Kartli. In 1556, Kartli imperial throne took 19-year-old son, Simon Luarsaba I. Simon married the daughter of the king of Kakheti Levan. In 1561, Simon decided to release Tbilisi from qizilbash but was defeated and was forced to retreat. Shah appointed ruler of Georgia embraced Islam brother Simon Daoud Khan. Simon repeatedly defeats his brother, but was unable to release Tbilisi.

In 1569 Qyzylbashs again invaded Kartli. Explorer of the enemy in Kartli was a traitor Kakhaber Korganashvili. During the battle of Partshisi King Simon with his detachment of the few otde-poured from the primary troops. Korganashvili heard the king, and immediately reported it to the Iranians. Qyzylbashs destroyed imperial detachment, and Simon Zahwah-tili captured and sent to Iran. Shah Tamaz priests, hid draw the king in the Muslim faith, but Bezus-crow-bar. Then the Shah imprisoned him in Ala-mutskuyu fortress.

Formally, the king of Kartli in the 1569-1578 years was considered Daud Khan (David XI), but really it subject only to Tbilisi.

In 1578, the Turks breached the contract Amasian. In the same year in Childyrskoy battle, they defeated the Kyzyl-bashey and almost the entire southern Caucasus to Iran has been lost. In this situation, the royal court decided to release from captivity, the king of Simon and use it to fight the Ottomans.

Back in Kartli, Simon led the struggle of people against the Turkish conquerors. In 1599, he was relieved the town of Gori.

Now it is time Tbilisi. Worried about the successes of the Georgians, the Turks sent a huge army. Simon did not have time to gather an army and with a small detachment went out to meet the enemy. He blocked the path of the Ottoman and not let them in Tbilisi. It was decided to give battle. Before the battle Georgians took communion and before his death said goodbye to each other. The battle lasted five hours. In the end, the numerical superiority of the Turks gained the upper hand and Georgians began to retreat. I sat Partshisi on a narrow road someone's horse stumbled on the king and the king's horse fell in the swamp. In that moment, when the Georgians helped the king to escape, hurried to the Ottomans. One of them heard the king, and immediately informed the authorities. Georgians, until the last minute to defend his king, were all killed, and King, Simon captured and sent to Turkey. By order of the Sultan of the Ottomans three days celebrating the capture of Simon.

In 1611, the king Simon I died in captivity. Georgians for a high price bought the ashes of his glorious king, and was buried in Svetitskhoveli next to his father Luarsabom I.


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