"Queen Tamara differed in some very important aspects from her father, however. For example, she would not torture, mutilate or execute her captives, and (very much resembling, rather, Prince Saint Vladimir, Baptiser of the Rus’) she opposed and forbade the cruel and dehumanising practices in her kingdom. Her piety and her generosity both were utterly sincere. Before councils with the Hierarchs of the Georgian Orthodox Church she would, as Emperor Saint Constantine had done before her at the First Ecumenical Council, honour them as a commoner, and sit keeping silence while they deliberated. She slept on a bed of hard stone and kept her prayers barefoot, which took a toll on her health. She also hand-sewed vestments for priests of the Georgian Church, donated the needlework and embroidery she did to the poor, and gave alms from the royal jewels she had inherited. In one instance, she offered a ruby-studded girdle she had done on to the ikon of the Holy Theotokos at Gelati, out of remorse for having taken too long in dressing and thus having failed to give alms to a beggar on the way."
Sunday, 1 May 2016
The Heavy Anglo-Orthodox: Remembering Holy Right-Believing Shāh Saint Tamara of Georgia