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The Life of St Nik’oloz Dvali

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Unknown author Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: After 1320 Date of Death: After 1320 Place of Death: Jerusalem Biography The author of this work is unknown; he is likely to have been a Georgian monk in Jerusalem who was, if not an eye-witness, at least a contemporary of Nik’oloz Dvali and his martyrdom. Primary Sources of Information - Secondary Sources of Information - Works on Christian-Muslim Relations Tskhovreba ts’midisa nik’oloz dvalisay Donald Rayfield

Life of St Luka of Jerusalem

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Unknown author Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Georgia Date of Death: After 1320 Place of Death: Jerusalem Biography The author of this work is unknown; he is likely to have been a Georgian monk in Jerusalem writing within living memory of the death of the subject of this hagiography and of the period (1270-80s) when the Mamluks were confiscating Georgian church property in Jerusalem. Primary Sources of Information - Secondary Sources of Information - Works on Christian-Muslim Relations Tskhovreba ts’midisa luk’a ierusalimelisay Donald Rayfield

 Tskhovreba ts’midisa nik’oloz dvalisay

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‘The Life of St Nik’oloz Dvali (St Nik’oloz the Dval)’ The Life of St Nik’oloz Dvali Date: Between 1314 and 1320 Original Language: Georgian Description While Dvali was, and is, a surname found in Georgia, it is also an ethnonym. The Dvals were an Ossete-speaking people, possibly of Nakh (Chechen) origin, living in the upper Liakhvi valley in today’s South Ossetia, and on the Ardon River, a tributary of the Terek. Nik’oloz was a Dval from the village of Ts’a, a toponym reflected in today’s Ts’e stream by the Ardon. At t…

 Tskhovreba ts’midisa luk’a ierusalimelisay

(537 words)

Author(s): Rayfield, Donald
‘Life of St Luka of Jerusalem (Luka Mukha Abashidze)’ Life of St Luka of Jerusalem Date: Between 1273 and 1320 Original Language: Georgian Description Most of the Synaxary in which the Life of Luka was included consists of metaphrastic, abbreviated versions of longer lives: this life is less than 1,000 words long and probably derives from a still undiscovered, or lost, full hagiography. Luka Mukha was born between 1249 and 1254, the youngest of at least three brothers from the aristocratic Abashidze family, whose estates lay mainly in Rach’a (north central …

 Mot’xrobay sjult’a uġmrt’ot’a t’at’rist’a, gamokrebilni, da sitqws-geba k’ristianet’a mier, t’k’muli batonis švilis Bagratisa

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Mot’xrobay sjult’a uġmrt’ot’a t’at’rist’a‘An account of the beliefs of the ungodly Tatars, collated, and a refutation by Christians, uttered by Crown Prince Bagrat’ Bagrat (I) Muxranbatoni Date: Between 1519 and 1541; possibly 1539 Original Language: Georgian Description The earliest complete manuscript of this work (Q-91 in the Manuscript Collection of the [Georgian] State Museum, dated the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries) amounts to 37 pages on 19 sheets. The date of composition must be between 1519, the earliest time that Bagrat showed an interest…

Bagrat (I) Muxranbatoni

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Biography Bagrat was the third son of King Konstantine II of Kartli (r. 1478-1505, and until 1484 also of Imeretia). Bagrat’s elder brothers were Davit X (king of Kartli 1505-25) and Giorgi IX (king of Kartli 1525-34). His younger brother Melkisedek was Catholicos of Georgia from 1538 to 1541. Their mother Tamar entered a convent shortly before her death in 1492, as did Davit X (as Damiane), Giorgi IX (as Gerasime) and others of Bagrat’s siblings. In 1512, frustrated by his brother Davit X’s unwillingness to resist invasions by their cousin King Aleksandre of Imeretia …