Bring them on.
I do not have my book with me right now but I will tell you this and later I'll give you the authors names and references. Throughout XIII, XIV, XV and XVI centuries the motive repeats and these authors mention almost same things which are: 1) Georgians are strong warriors and defenders of Orthodox faith; 2) They venerate St. George most then any other saint who in turn is patron Saint for Georgians; For curiosity I'll tell you that Georgians believe Saint George himself being in several wars fighting alongside them. It is widely known, for example, as part of local tradition and in which I have no doubt that the saint fought in the war of Didgori
. One might think this is another paranoia of ours but for us it's sure thing; 3) Muslims don't dare to ask the tribute to Georgians and Georgians always enter the Holy City of Jerusalem with their flags spread; 4) They own (are guardians of) Golgotha and Monastery of the Cross
; 4) Beginning from XIV century Georgians guard the Tomb of the Lord and they possess the key for the entrance to the Tomb. In one source author describes that they are fierce Guardians (I can't remember exact words but I can quote it later when I have my book back); 5) They follow Byzantine rite;
There are several other motives that repeat throughout and in 2 or 3 sources it says that Georgians are those people who Guard Christianity against people of Gog and Magog. I will quote these authors later exactly the way they say.
Very famous french writer Alexandre Dumas
whom everybody knows I would guess traveled through Caucasus and visited Georgia too. He's got amazing memoirs about Georgia in his "Voyage to the Caucasus". One time he says: "One Russian who was famous with his righteousness told me: You should see Georgians in War. They are not regular humans then but titans who can take the sky with a blow." This is right observation (that Heavenly spirit worked in Georgian while they were in war) and this is not because we are strong. Not at all. This is because Georgians new they were nothing, they could do nothing at all and it was only God Almighty who was the winner of all the wars (like Biblical King David new). And they would pray to the Lord before each war and they will praise him after each war. They would praise him because it was the Lord who won the war not them. We know that without God we are nothing and it is the Lord who sustains us in every action, everywhere and anytime, Glory to Him, Glory to the Almighty Lord. For example, during the time of Great Saint King Tamara (We don't call her Queen btw; we call her King and she was indeed the King of all Kings) Georgia was the strongest Kingdom in Georgian history. She won all the wars, grat wars. How did this Great King do it? She would pray incessantly for days before wars (and She was know to levitate during prayer like great Saint Seraphim of Sarov and other great saints did) and she would lead the army to the war-field barefoot. God was with her and the Lord was the winner of all this wars. This is how we believe in the Lord. But I should be sorry counting myself along those great warriors and God-pleasing people. I'm not included in "we". When I say "we" I mean those true Georgians. I'm a fake one.
Btw, the time period you speak of was that of Queen Rusudan, including her being the power behind the throne. Who was she married to again? And Queen St. Tamar. Who was she married to again?
Firstly it does not matter what period it was since my response was to your comment which said "The Georgian King paid the tribute the Muslims asked. Once that stopped, they handed over the keys to the Greeks."
So, from the info I brought it is clear that you did not have wright information - Georgians did not pay tribute to Muslims. Secondly, as I have just told you this is continuous happening over centuries. Thirdly, if your point is that Georgians did not pay tribute to Muslims because Queen Rusudan's husband was Turk, you are wrong. All this authors mention the reason why Georgians did not pay tribute (Muslims were afraid and not because the Queen's husband was Muslim); Secondly Queen Rusudan's husband converted to Christianity and if anything this fact would make it worse for Georgians to have better relations with Muslims. Plus Georgians entered Holy City without paying tributes in subsequent centuries (when there was no more of Muslim husbands). If this is not the point you want to make, then I do no see what you want to say by that.
And the Georgians were busy
I'll give you much better (more Orthodox) linka and read them, if you please (unless you have known these things already). These will keep us more in faith and not fight each other
Read about These:100,000 Holy Martyrs of Tbilisi By the MuslimsThe Holy Ajarian Martyrs of Georgia6,000 Martyrs of the St David Gareji Monastery
No, none at all.
Good to know that
God be with you every time and everywhere.