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Art, Writing, and Learning: The Clerisy Quarter => History, Science, and Interesting Information - The Great Library => Caucasian Prosopography Project => Topic started by: Jubal on November 15, 2017, 06:26:20 PM

Title: The Chronicle of Giorgi Lasha and his Time
Post by: Jubal on November 15, 2017, 06:26:20 PM
So, of all the sections of the Kartlis Tskhovreba (the Georgian Chronicles), I'm starting with the Chronicle of Giorgi Lasha and his Time. It's one of the shorter constituent parts of the KT, despite covering an unusually long time-span. It claims internally (and as far as I know, validly) to have been written during the reign of Rusudan I, Tamar's considerably less successful daughter who was queen from the 1220s onwards. In fairness to Rusudan, Tamar never had to deal with the Mongols, who were an extreme threat throughout Rusudan's reign. The Chronicle goes up essentially to the death of Rusudan's brother, Giorgi IV "Lasha", who died after being wounded in battle in the 1220s (at the age of just 31). It starts with the reign of his great-grandfather, Demetre, skips over the reign of Demetre's elder son David V (which lasted six months before he died in mysterious circumstances), and then covers the reigns of Giorgi III, Tamar, and Giorgi IV.

Given my focus is initially going to be Tamar's reign, picking this as a starting chronicle is in some ways an odd choice.

Anyhow - it's an interesting document, it doesn't have as much fun stuff as the bigger chronicles but it's a good start point I think :)