Comita Nikola

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Inscription in the National Historical Museum of Bulgaria citing Nikola and Ripsimia as grandparents of Ivan Vladislav, the son of Aron.

Nikola, Comita (Count), was a Bulgarian nobleman who, by his wife Ripsimia (also known as Hripsime), an Armenian and daughter of King Ashot II of Armenia,[1] was father of Counts David, Moses and Aron, and of tsar Samuil of Bulgaria. He may have ruled Serdica[2] or, according to other sources, was a local count in the region of modern Republic of Macedonia.[3] His son Samuil ruled as emperor of the First Bulgarian Empire from 996 to 1014.

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  1. ^ Adontz, Nicholas (1938). "Samuel l'Armenien, roi des Bulgares". MAR Bclsmp (in French) (39): 37. 
  2. ^ Prokić, Božidar (1906). Die Zusätze in der Handschrift des Johannes Scylitzes. Codex Vindobonensis hist. graec. LXXIV. (in alemão). München. p. 28. OCLC 11193528. 
  3. ^ Southeastern Europe in the early Middle Ages. Florin Curta. page 241