The Descendants of Jámásp and the Story
of Gáw-bára (f. 72b).

When, on the death of Balásh, Qubád, the father of Núshírwán, succeeded to the throne, Jámásp, the youngest of the three brothers, fled to Armenia, whence, from Darband, he attacked and subdued the countries of the Khazars and Sclavs (<Arabic>). In these lands he married and settled. Of the sons whom he begat, one was Narsí, the lord of Dar­band, who on his death left behind him a son named Fírúz, beautiful as Joseph and brave as Rustam, who enlarged his father’s dominions as far as Gílán, from one of the noble families of which country he chose a wife, who bore him a son named Gílánsháh. To him in turn was born a son named Gíl, who, as the astrologers predicted (f. 73a), became a mighty king, and brought under his rule all Gílán and Daylam. He then turned his attention to Ṭabaristán, whither he proceeded on foot, driving before him two Gílání cows. At this time the Sásánian governor of Ṭabaristán was ´Adhar-valásh, and into his service Gíl insinuated himself. About this time the Turks, taking advantage of the difficulties which the Arabs were causing to the Persian Empire, attacked Ṭabaristán, and Gíl, or “Gáw-bára” as he was now called, greatly distinguished himself in repelling them. After this Gíl obtained from ´Adhar-valásh permission to return home to see his family; but when he returned it was at the head of an army of several thousand men of Gílán and Daylam. ´Adhar-valásh, greatly alarmed, despatched tidings of this to Yazdigird the king of Persia, who, advised by the Múbads, ordered him to relinquish his government to this descendant of Jámásp and scion of the Royal House. Thereupon Gíl sent to Yazdigird suitable presents and offerings (f. 73b), and received in return the title of Gíl-gílán Farshwádgar-sháh. Some time afterwards ´Adhar-valásh was killed by a fall from his horse at polo, and all his possessions passed to Gíl: and this happened in the 35th year of the New Era which the Persians had lately inaugurated. Gíl made his capital in Gílán, but from thence to Gurgán filled the land with lofty castles and other buildings. Fifteen years after his accession to power he died, and was buried in Gílán. He left two sons, Dábúya and Pádhúspán, of whom the former, a severe and cruel ruler, succeeded his father on the throne of Gílán, while the latter reigned over Rúyán.