- Georgi Voiteh
In 1071 Georgi Voiteh led the Bulgarian people discontent with the Byzantine rule who decided to rebel against the
Byzantines. According to the Bulgarian tradition, only a descendant of the royal family could be crowned for Tsar. As Voiteh was not from the royal family, the conspirators turned to the Prince of ZetaMichael to send his son Constantine Bodinto become Tsar. Bodin originated from the Cometopulidynasty on his mother's side.
In 1072 in
PrizrenBodin was crowned as Tsar of Bulgaria under the name Peter III. The rebels took Skopje, the capital of the Thema of Bulgaria. Georgi Voiteh remained there as a commander and Bodin marched to Nis. The Emperor managed to seize the town but in the meantime Skopje was besieged by a large Byzantine army. Voiteh, who considered that he was unprepared to face a long siege or to receive help from Bodin started negotiations with the Byzantine general Michael Saronites and finally surrendered. After that, he repented for his cowardice and sent a secret message to Constantine Bodin in which he suggested that Bodin should strike at Skopje while the Byzantines were unprepared for such move. The Bulgarian Emperor headed to Skopje but was ambushed and defeated marking the end of the uprising.
Georgi Voiteh died during his transportation to
Constantinoplein the same year.
*„История на българската държава през средните векове. Том II. България под византийско владичество (1018—1187)“ -
Vasil Zlatarski(I изд. София 1934; II фототипно изд., Наука и изкуство, София 1972, под ред. на Димитър Ангелов)
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