Alexander II of Imereti

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Alexander II
ალექსანდრე II
Alexander II of Imereti.JPG
A mural of Alexander II from Gelati monastery (digitally coloured)
King of Imereti
Dynasty Bagrationi dynasty
Father Bagrat VI of Georgia
Religion Georgian Orthodox Church

Alexander II (Georgian: ალექსანდრე II) (died April 1, 1510) was a king of Georgia in 1478 and of Imereti from 1483 to 1510.

Life[edit]

In 1478, his father Bagrat VI died and Alexander became king of Georgia, initially ruling its two major regions, Imereti in the west and Kartli in the east. Alexander was expelled from the kingdom by a rival prince Constantine II. Alexander retired to the mountainous western provinces of Racha and Lechkhumi. Alexander recovered Imereti after Constantine’s defeat at the hands of Qvarqvare II Jakeli, a powerful atabeg of Samtskhe, in 1483, but lost the capital Kutaisi to Constantine again a year later. In 1488, Alexander took advantage of the Ak Koyunlu Turkoman invasion of Kartli, and seized control of Imereti. In 1491, Constantine had to recognise his rival as independent sovereign, and to confine himself to the government of Kartli.

Peace between the two Georgian kingdoms did not last long, and in August 1509, Alexander invaded Kartli, taking a fort-city Gori and the surroundings. News that Imereti had been raided by the Ottomans at Alexander’s absence made the king to return to Kutaisi, and Gori was soon taken back by David X of Kartli.

Family[edit]

In 1483, Alexander II married a woman named Tamar who died on March 12, 1510. Alexander died on April 1, 1510 and was buried with his wife at the Gelati Monastery near Kutaisi. They were survived by four children:

  • Bagrat III (1495–1565), who succeeded Alexander as king of Imereti.
  • Prince David (fl. 1510 – 1524).
  • Prince Vakhtang (fl. 1512 – 1548), sometime in opposition to his brother Bagrat III.
  • Prince Giorgi (fl. 1511 – 1545), who was married to a woman named Ana.
  • Prince Demetre (fl. 1511).
  • Princess Tinatin, who was married Spiridon Beenashvili (Cholokashvili).
  • Anonymous princess, who was married twice, secondly to Giorgi, son of Rostom Gurieli.

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Preceded by
Bagrat VI
King of Georgia
1478
Succeeded by
Constantine II
Preceded by
Bagrat VI
King of Imereti
1483–1510
Succeeded by
Bagrat III