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Title: Das Papsttum und das Königreich Georgien in der erste Hälfte des 13. Jahrhunderts
Author(s): HALFTER, P.
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 118    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2005   
Pages: 109-142
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.118.1.616487

Abstract :
According to Latin documents only the kingdom of Georgia, then at the peak of its power (1184-1223), planned a crusade. The papacy and the Franks in the Holy Land had learned about this plan and they hoped for an alliance against the Ayyubides in Syria and Egypt during the 5th (1217-1221) and 6th crusade (1228-1229). According to Latin historiography, the Georgians stood in high esteem with the occidentals. The invasions by Ḫorezm-Šah and later the Mongols stopped the Georgian plans for crusading and even led to requests for military assistance by the papacy. Possibly the Georgian Queen Rusudan offered a church union. Whereas Pope Gregory IX lamented that he could not bring any help to the hard pressed kingdom, he greatly welcomed the offer of a church union. This promise, which was never discussed at times of Georgian hegemony, had great importance for the future relationship between the papacy and the Georgians.

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