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By Stephen H. Rapp Jr.
Proceedings of the British Academy, No.132 (2007)
Introduction: The eviction of the Muslims, the annihilation of the ‘barbarians’, the pacification of the Seljuk sultan and the Byzantine emperor: such is the bold assessment of Georgia’s condition in the time of the crusades by the biographer of the Georgian King Davit’ II (r..1089-1125). Though the anonymous twelfth-century writer has exaggerated Davit’s unprecedented accomplishments, under his patron the Georgian monarchy experienced its ‘golden age’, a period dominated by the establishment of a pan-Caucasian empire by the Georgian Bagratid house to which Davit’ belonged.