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Gavril Radomir of Bulgaria


Gavril Radomir of Bulgaria

Gavril Radomir
Tsar of Bulgaria
Reign October 1014 – August 1015
Died 1015
Predecessor Samuel of Bulgaria
Successor Ivan Vladislav of Bulgaria
Consort Margareth of Hungary
Irene of Larissa
Issue Peter Delyan
four sons
Royal House Comitopuli
Father Samuel of Bulgaria
Mother Kosara of Bulgaria

Gavril Radomir (Гаврил Радомир), normally rendered as Gabriel Radomir in English and Gavriil Romanos (Γαβριὴλ Ρωμανός) in Greek, was the ruler of the First Bulgarian Empire from October 1014 to August or September 1015. He was the son of Samuel of Bulgaria. During his father's reign, his cousin Ivan Vladislav and Ivan's entire family were all sentenced by Samuel to death for treason. Gavril's intervention saved them. He is said to have saved his father's life in the disastrous defeat of the Battle of Spercheios, and he was described as a gallant fighter.[1]

Around the same time that Emperor Basil II captured the bulk of Samuel's army, Gavril and his forces defeated the army of Theophylactus Botaniates. Having inherited Samuel's war with the Byzantine Empire, Gavril Radomir raided Byzantine territory, reaching as far as Constantinople. Unfortunately for him, the Byzantines secured the assistance of Ivan Vladislav, who owed his life to Gavril. Ivan murdered Radomir while hunting near OstrovoTemplate:Dn, and then took the throne for himself.

Some sources connect Gavrilo Radomir with the medieval dualist sect, Bogomilism, a popular heretic movement that flourished in Macedonia during his and his father's reign.[2]

Gavril Radomir married twice. His son Peter (II) Delyan played a role in attempting to secure independence for Bulgaria several decades later.

Family tree

of Armenia
Kosara of Bulgaria
Irene of Larissa
Margareth of Hungary
several sons
& daughters
Peter Delyan


  • История на българската държава през средните векове, Том I. История на Първото българско царство. Част II. От славянизацията на държавата до падането на Първото царство (852—1018). Васил Н. Златарски 4.Приемниците на цар Самуил и покорението на България от Василий II Българоубиец.


See also

Preceded by
Samuel of Bulgaria
Emperor of Bulgaria
Succeeded by
Ivan Vladislav

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