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Paper in "Chronos" on the Orbeli Rebellion
« on: January 31, 2023, 08:19:28 PM »
I got a paper out in Chronos, published by Georgia's Ivane Javakhishvili Institute of History and Ethnography.

It digs into the Orbeli rebellion of the 1170s, against Mepe Giorgi III. His nephew (and arguably more rightful monarch) Demna rose up with the backing of his guardians, the powerful Orbeli family who included the governor of Kartli (the central province) and the Amirspasalar (senior army commander). Ultimately Giorgi's victory paved the way for his daughter Tamar to rule. However, the motivations and timing of the rebellion are somewhat confused in our sources, and in this paper I go into detail about what we can learn from the event about Georgian elite society, details of an alternative possible chronology for the rebellion, and what the implications of the chronology are for how we view the events and motivations behind what happened.

You can grab a PDF easily at

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