Kingdom of Lori

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Kingdom of Lori
Լոռու Թագավորութուն

979–1118
Kingdom of Lori c. 1017 A.D.
Capital Shamshvilde, Loriberd, Matsnaberd
Languages Armenian
Religion Armenian Apostolic Church
Government Monarchy
King
 -  979-989 A.D. Kiurike I
 -  1089-1118 David II of Lori
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Established 979
 -  Kiurike I becomes the first ruler. 979
 -  David II transfers and rules in Matsnaberd till 1118, some of his heirs continue existence to lesser extent till later.
 -  Disestablished 1118

Kingdom of Lori (Armenian: Լոռու Թագավորութուն Lorow T'agavorowt'own), alternatively known as the Kingdom of Tashir-Dzoraget or Kiurikian kingdom, was a medieval Armenian kingdom on the territories of modern-day Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia during the breakup of Bagratid Armenia.

In 979 AD Smbat II gave the province of Lori to his brother Kiurike I with the title of King. The branch went on to outlive the main Ani branch. It became especially strong during the reign of the king Davit (989—1048), who conquered some territories from Emirates of Tbilisi and Ganja, and chose Samshvilde as his residence. Later on he tried to get independence from Bagratids of Ani, and was punished by Gagik I. In 1065 Lori became the capital of the kingdom. In 1118 the kingdom became part of Georgian kingdom, from 1185 the Georgian-Armenian dynasty of Zakaryans was ruling the region.

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