Shushanik of Georgia

Shushanik of Georgia
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St. Shushanik (Susanna) Martyred Queen of Georgia October 17 Saint Shushanik (c. 440-475) was a Christian woman who was murdered by her husband Varsken in the town of Tsurtavi, Georgia. Since she died defending her right to profess Christianity, she is regarded as a martyr. Her martyrdom is described in her confessor Jacob?s hagiographic work. She was a daughter of the Armenian general, Vartan Mamikonian and married to the prominent Georgian feudal lord (pitiakhsh) Varsken, son of Arshusha. Varsken was in opposition to Vakhtang I Gorgasali, King of Kartli, and took a pro-Persian position, renouncing Christianity and adopting Zoroastrianism. He killed his spouse after she refused to submit to his order to abandon her Christian faith. Varsken himself was put to death by King Vakhtang in 482. Shushanik has been canonized by the Georgian and Armenian churches. Her feast day is celebrated on October 17.
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