A Woman to Know: Tamar of Georgia

Who is more worthy than I to receive such a glorious throne? — Tamar

(image via Wikimedia Commons)

In 1166, King Tamar took the throne. That's right, King. as Georgia's first-ever female ruler, Tamar insisted on the title: "Holy Righteous King Tamar," in fact.

There's a million great stories about Tamar's reign: the time she claimed visions of God blessing her crown; the time she publicly divorced her husband (in the 12th century! in a profoundly religious nation!); the time she embroidered scarves for the poor protesting outside her palace. My favorite is about her military victory at Vardizia: according to legend, she led her troops into battle from the top of a mountain.


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