Alexander II of Imereti

Alexander II (Georgian: ალექსანდრე II, Aleksandre II) (died April 1, 1510) was a king of Georgia in 1478 and of Imereti from 1483 to 1510.

In 1478, his father Bagrat VI died and Alexander became king of Georgia, initially ruling its two major regions, Imereti in the west and Kartli in the east. Alexander was expelled from the kingdom by a rival prince Constantine II. Alexander retired to the mountainous western provinces of Racha and Lechkhumi. Alexander recovered Imereti after Constantine’s defeat at the hands of Qvarqvare II Jakeli, a powerful atabeg of Samtskhe, in 1483, but lost the capital Kutaisi to Constantine again a year later. In 1488, Alexander took advantage of the Ak Koyunlu Turkoman invasion of Kartli, and seized control of Imereti. In 1491, Constantine had to recognise his rival as independent sovereign, and to confine himself to the government of Kartli.

Peace between the two Georgian kingdoms didnot last long, and in August 1509, Alexander invaded Kartli, taking a fort-city Gori and the surroundings. News that Imereti had been raided by the Ottomans at Alexander’s absence made the king to return to Kutaisi, and Gori was soon taken back by David X of Kartli.

In 1483, Alexander II married Tamar who died on March 12, 1510. Alexander died on April 1, 1510 and was buried with his wife at the Gelati Monastery near Kutaisi. They were survived by four children:

  • Bagrat III, who succeeded Alexander as king of Imereti
  • Prince David (born 1505)
  • Prince Vakhtang (died circa 1545)
  • Prince Khusro
  • Princess Elene, who married a noble Sargis Mikmetzidze (died 1551)