Anna of Trebizond, Queen of Georgia

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Anna Megale Komnene
Queen consort of Georgia
Tenure June 1367- 1393
Spouse King Bagrat V of Georgia
Issue King Constantine I of Georgia
House Komnenos
Father Emperor Alexios III of Trebizond
Mother Theodora Kantakouzene
Born 6 April 1357
Trebizond
Died After 1406
Religion Greek Orthodox

Anna Megale Komnene (Greek: Άννα Μεγάλη Κομνηνή, Anna Megalē Komnēnē), (6 April 1357 - after 31 November 1406), was a Trapezuntine Queen consort of Georgia as the second wife of King Bagrat V. She was the mother of his youngest son, Constantine I of Georgia, who would later in 1407 succeed his half-brother, King George VII and reign as king.

She was a member of the powerful Byzantine Greek Komnenos dynasty which was founded by Isaac I Komnenos in 1057.

Family and betrothal[edit]

Emperor Alexios III of Trebizond and Theodora Kantakouzene, the parents of Anna of Trebizond

Anna was born in Trebizond on 6 April 1357, the day before Good Friday,[1] the eldest daughter and child of Emperor Alexios III of Trebizond and Theodora Kantakouzene.[2] She had two younger brothers, Basil and Manuel; and three younger sisters: Eudokia, Maria, and another whose name is not known; all three were later married to Muslim Turkmen rulers. Anna had also at least one illegitimate half-brother, Andronikos, by her father's liaison with an unnamed mistress.

In April 1362, a delegation that included megas logothetes George, the Scholaris, the Sebastos and the historian Michael Panaretos went to Constantinople, to negotiate her betrothal to Andronikos Palaiologos who would later rule as Byzantine Emperor Andronikos IV.[3] For unknown reasons, the betrothal was annulled, and another husband was later chosen for her.

Queen of Georgia[edit]

In June 1367, at the age of 10 years and two months,[4] she married as his second wife, King Bagrat V of Georgia, also known as Bagrat the Great. They were related, both of them being descendants of the Jaqeli noble family of Georgia. His first wife, Helena had died the previous year of bubonic plague, leaving behind two sons. Anna was accompanied to Georgia by her father and formidable paternal grandmother, Irene of Trebizond.

On an unknown date, sometime after 1369, Anna gave birth to a son, Constantine (died 1411/1412). He would later reign as King Constantine I of Georgia, succeeding his childless half-brother, King George VII in 1407. According to Cyril Toumanoff, Anna's other children by Bagrat were Olympias and David.[5]

In November 1386, Tbilisi was besieged and captured by the invading forces of Mongol warlord Tamerlane; and she, along with her husband and son were taken prisoner. As a means of securing their release, King Bagrat agreed to become a Muslim, and Tamerlane sent them back to Georgia with 20,000 Mongol troops.[6] However, Prince George, her husband's son from his first marriage, was able to completely destroy the Mongol army and released the king and queen from captivity. In the end they didn't convert to Islam, although further battles were fought with Tamerlane before he allowed the kingdom of Georgia to remain Christian.

In 1393, Anna's husband died; she herself died on an unknown date sometime after 1406.

References[edit]

  1. ^ In 1357, Easter fell on 9 April in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, giving a 7 April date for Good Friday
  2. ^ Michael Panaretos, Chronicle, 22. Greek text in Original-Fragmente, Chroniken, Inschiften und anderes Materiale zur Geschichte des Kaiserthums Trapezunt, p.2; in Abhandlungen der historischen Classe der königlich bayerischen Akademie 4 (1844), abth. 1, p. 27; German translation, p. 55
  3. ^ Panaretos, Chronicle, 32. Greek text in Original-Fragmente, pp. 30f; German translation, p. 59
  4. ^ Anthony Bryer, Greeks and Turkmens: The Pontic Exception, p.148, ft.80, 141, published by Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, retrieved 6 May 2010
  5. ^ Toumanoff, "The Fifteenth-Century Bagratids and the Institution of Collegial Sovereignty in Georgia" Traditio, 7 (1949-1951), p. 172
  6. ^ Panaretos, Chronicle, 53. Greek text in Original-Fragmente, p. 39; German translation, p. 67

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Anna of Trebizond, Queen of Georgia
Born: 6 April 1357 Died: after 1406
Royal titles
Preceded by
Helena
Queen consort of Georgia
1367–1393
Succeeded by
Nestan-Daredjan