David I of Kakheti
|King of Kakheti|
|Predecessor||Alexander II of Kakheti|
|Successor||Alexander II of Kakheti (restored)|
|Died||October 21, 1602|
|Spouse||Ketevan the Martyr|
|Issue||Teimuraz I of Kakheti|
|Father||Alexander II of Kakheti|
|Religion||Georgian Orthodox Church|
David was a son of Alexander II of Kakheti by his wife Tinatin Amilakhvari. In mid-1601, he capitalized on the illness of his father and gained an effective control of the government, sidelining his younger brother George. When Alexander recovered, David refused to relinquish his powers and forced his father into abdication in October 1601. David was crowned king of Kakheti, but his brother, George, masterminded a plot which quickly collapsed and led to repressions. David had George imprisoned while seventeen of his supporters were executed.
David’s foreign policy was a continuation of his father’s line. In 1602, he received a Russian embassy and reaffirmed his loyalty to the tsar. He then marched against Nugzar, the defiant lord of the Aragvi and forced him into submission.
They were the parents of:
- Teimuraz I of Kakheti, King of Kakheti
- Prince Vakhtang (died 1604)
- Princess Helene, given in marriage to Abbas I of Persia.
|Ancestors of David I of Kakheti|
- Mikaberidze, Alexander (ed., 2007). David I (of Kakheti) Dictionary of Georgian National Biography. Accessed October 5, 2007.
- (Russian) Вахушти Багратиони (Vakhushti Bagrationi) (1745). История царства грузинского. Возникновение и жизнь Кахети и Эрети. Ч.1. Accessed October 5, 2007.
|King of Kakheti
| Succeeded by|
Alexander II (restored)