GEORGIA

 

The Bagrationi (Bagration) Dynasty

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The Georgian nobility was largely organised on a military basis, the army being divided into several corps represented by "banners" (or drosha), each commanded by the great grandees of the realm. These grandees were petty sovereigns within their own domains, enjoying the power of life and death, but owing allegience to the king. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the order of precedence was as follows:
 
The styles enjoyed by these ranks were as follows:
Great Officers of State and the Grandees of the first class (Sul-didibuli-tavadi): The Pious Prince of High Rank (given name) (family name)-tavadi, with the style of His Splendour.
Grandees of the second class (mtavari): The Most Excellent (given name) (family name)-mtavari.
Grandees of the third class (tavadi): The Brilliant (given name) (family name)-tavadi.
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The sons of princes (mtavari and tavadi): (given name) (family name)-tavadishvili.
Nobles (aznauri): The Noble (given name) (family name)-aznauri.
Gentlemen: the Honourable (given name) (family name).
 
ABASHIDZE ABKHAZIA DAVITISHVILI GEORGIA
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