Ashot I of Armenia
|King of Armenia|
|Reign||Armenia: Prince of Princes 862–884
King of Armenia 884–890
|Full name||Ashot I Bagratuni|
|Titles||Prince of Princes
King of Armenia
|Successor||Smbat I the Martyr|
|Royal House||Bagratuni Dynasty of Armenia|
|Father||Smbat the Confessor|
His family, the Bagratunis, was one of the most powerful in the kingdom along with the Artsruni. Both families were struggling for power through warfare against Arab invaders. He was recognized by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Musta'in as Prince of Princes of Armenia in 862, a status he kept also during the reigns of Abbasid Caliphs Al-Mu'tazz (866–869), Al-Muhtadi (869–870) and Al-Mu'tamid (870–892)
This way, Ashot I became the founder of the medieval Kingdom of Armenia, also known as Bagratid Armenia (Armenian: Բագրատունիների Թագավորություն Bagratunineri Tagavorutyun), an independent Armenian state starting in 885 by the ruling Bagratuni Dynasty. The Bagratid kingdom would continue until 1045.
Ashot I was married to Katranide. He reigned as king for around six years from 884 to 890. He was succeeded by his son, Smbat I.
- Federal Research Division (2004). Armenia a Country Study. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 1-4191-0751-8.
- Ghazarian, Jacob G. (2001). The Armenian Kingdom in Cilicia During the Crusades. Routledge (UK). ISBN 0-7007-1418-9.
(Himself as Prince of Armenia)
|King of Armenia
(Bagratid Kingdom of Armenia)
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