Researching for my next book, delving into the history of the region of Samtskhe-Javakheti , the home of one of Georgia's best-beloved rulers, the inspiration of The Knight In Panther Skin who lived here
I came across this brilliant history lesson:
When King Georgi III surprisingly crowned his 18-year-old daughter as the co-ruler of the Kingdom of Georgia in 1178 AD, he is said to have uttered a quote that is still famous in the country today. I’m paraphrasing, and I haven’t been great about keeping up with my Medieval Georgian language skills, but it more-or-less said something along the lines of this: “It doesn’t matter whether a lion is a male or a female – it will still use it’s horrific terrifying claws to murderliciously mutilate your pathetic face in front of your entire family, rip your esophagus from your bloody corpse with a face full of slavering curved fangs, and then fucking 360-degree behind-the-back tomahawk jam your disemboweled spleen into your own asshole.”
This is the tale of Queen Tamar of Georgia.
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