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Louis the Pious
Louis the Pious
(778 – 20 June 840), also called the Fair, and the Debonaire,[1] was the King of the Franks
King of the Franks
and co-Emperor (as Louis I) with his father, Charlemagne, from 813. He was also King of Aquitaine from 781. As the only surviving adult son of Charlemagne
Charlemagne
and Hildegard, he became the sole ruler of the Franks after his father's death in 814, a position which he held until his death, save for the period 833–34, during which he was deposed. During his reign in Aquitaine, Louis was charged with the defence of the empire's southwestern frontier. He conquered Barcelona
Barcelona
from the Muslims
Muslims
in 801 and asserted Frankish authority over Pamplona
Pamplona
and the Basques
Basques
south of the Pyrenees
Pyrenees
in 812. As emperor he included his adult sons, Lothair, Pepin, and Louis, in the government and sought to establish a suitable division of the realm among them. The first decade of his reign was characterised by several tragedies and embarrassments, notably the brutal treatment of his nephew Bernard of Italy, for which Louis atoned in a public act of self-debasement. In the 830s his empire was torn by civil war between his sons, only exacerbated by Louis's attempts to include his son Charles by his second wife in the succession plans. Though his reign ended on a high note, with order largely restored to his empire, it was followed by three years of civil war. Louis is generally compared unfavourably to his father, though the problems he faced were of a distinctly different sort.

Contents

1 Birth and rule in Aquitaine 2 Emperor

2.1 Ordinatio imperii 2.2 Bernard's rebellion and Louis's penance 2.3 Frontier wars 2.4 First civil war 2.5 Second civil war 2.6 Third civil war 2.7 Death

3 Marriage and issue 4 Ancestry 5 Notes 6 Sources 7 Further reading 8 External links

Birth and rule in Aquitaine[edit] Louis was born while his father Charlemagne
Charlemagne
was on campaign in Spain, at the Carolingian
Carolingian
villa of Cassinogilum, according to Einhard
Einhard
and the anonymous chronicler called Astronomus; the place is usually identified with Chasseneuil, near Poitiers.[2] He was the third son of Charlemagne
Charlemagne
by his wife Hildegard. His grandfather was King Pepin the Younger. Louis was crowned King of Aquitaine
King of Aquitaine
as a child in 781[3] and sent there with regents and a court. Charlemagne
Charlemagne
constituted the sub-kingdom in order to secure the border of his kingdom after the destructive war against the Aquitanians and Basques
Basques
under Waifer (capitulated c. 768) and later Hunald II, which culminated in the disastrous Battle of Roncesvalles
Battle of Roncesvalles
(778). Charlemagne
Charlemagne
wanted his son Louis to grow up in the area where he was to reign. However, in 785, wary of the customs his son may have been taking in Aquitaine, Charlemagne
Charlemagne
sent for him to Aquitaine
Aquitaine
and Louis presented himself at the Royal Council of Paderborn dressed up in Basque costumes along with other youths in the same garment, which may have made a good impression in Toulouse, since the Basques
Basques
of Vasconia were a mainstay of the Aquitanian army. In 794, Charlemagne
Charlemagne
settled four former Gallo-Roman
Gallo-Roman
villas on Louis, in the thought that he would take in each in turn as winter residence: Doué-la-Fontaine
Doué-la-Fontaine
in today's Anjou, Ebreuil
Ebreuil
in Allier, Angeac-Charente, and the disputed Cassinogilum. Charlemagne's intention was to see all his sons brought up as natives of their given territories, wearing the national costume of the region and ruling by the local customs. Thus were the children sent to their respective realms at so young an age. Each kingdom had its importance in keeping some frontier, Louis's was the Spanish March. In 797, Barcelona, the greatest city of the Marca, fell to the Franks when Zeid, its governor, rebelled against Córdoba and, failing, handed it to them. The Umayyad
Umayyad
authority recaptured it in 799. However, Louis marched the entire army of his kingdom, including Gascons
Gascons
with their duke Sancho I of Gascony, Provençals under Leibulf, and Goths under Bera, over the Pyrenees
Pyrenees
and besieged it for two years, wintering there from 800 to 801, when it capitulated.[4] The sons were not given independence from central authority, however, and Charlemagne
Charlemagne
ingrained in them the concepts of empire and unity by sending them on military expeditions far from their home bases. Louis campaigned in the Italian Mezzogiorno against the Beneventans at least once.

Charlemagne
Charlemagne
crowns Louis the Pious

Louis was one of Charlemagne's three legitimate sons to survive infancy. He had a twin brother, Lothair who died during infancy. According to Frankish custom, Louis had expected to share his inheritance with his brothers, Charles the Younger, King of Neustria, and Pepin, King of Italy. In the Divisio Regnorum of 806, Charlemagne had slated Charles the Younger as his successor as emperor and chief king, ruling over the Frankish heartland of Neustria
Neustria
and Austrasia, while giving Pepin the Iron Crown of Lombardy, which Charlemagne possessed by conquest. To Louis's kingdom of Aquitaine, he added Septimania, Provence, and part of Burgundy. However, Charlemagne's other legitimate sons died – Pepin in 810 and Charles in 811 – and Louis alone remained to be crowned co-emperor with Charlemagne
Charlemagne
in 813. On his father's death in 814, he inherited the entire Frankish kingdom and all its possessions (with the sole exception of Italy, which remained within Louis's empire, but under the direct rule of Bernard, Pepin's son). Emperor[edit] While at his villa of Doué-la-Fontaine, Anjou, Louis received news of his father's death.[5] He rushed to Aachen
Aachen
and crowned himself emperor to shouts of Vivat Imperator Ludovicus by the attending nobles.[5] Upon arriving at the imperial court in Aachen, one of Louis' first acts was to purge the palace of its “filth.” He destroyed the old Germanic pagan tokens and texts which had been collected by Charlemagne. He further exiled members of the court he deemed morally “dissolute,” including some of his own relatives.[6] From the start of his reign, his coinage imitated his father Charlemagne's portrait, which gave it an image of imperial authority and prestige.[5] He quickly sent all of his unmarried sisters to nunneries, to avoid any possible entanglements from overly powerful brothers-in-law.[5] Sparing his illegitimate half-brothers, he forced his father's cousins, Adalard and Wala to be tonsured, placing them in Noirmoutier
Noirmoutier
and Corbie, respectively, despite the latter's initial loyalty.[7] His chief counsellors were Bernard, margrave of Septimania, and Ebbo, Archbishop of Reims. The latter, born a serf, was raised by Louis to that office, but betrayed him later. He retained some of his father's ministers, such as Elisachar, abbot of St. Maximin near Trier, and Hildebold, Archbishop of Cologne. Later he replaced Elisachar with Hildwin, abbot of many monasteries. He also employed Benedict of Aniane
Benedict of Aniane
(the Second Benedict), a Septimanian Visigoth and monastic founder, to help him reform the Frankish church. One of Benedict's primary reforms was to ensure that all religious houses in Louis' realm adhered to the Rule of Saint Benedict, named for its creator, Benedict of Nursia
Benedict of Nursia
(480–550), the First Benedict. In 816, Pope Stephen IV, who had succeeded Leo III, visited Reims
Reims
and again crowned Louis (Sunday 5 October).

Denarius
Denarius
of Louis.

Ordinatio imperii[edit] On Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday
817 (9 April), Louis and his court were crossing a wooden gallery from the cathedral to the palace in Aachen
Aachen
when the gallery collapsed, killing many. Louis, having barely survived and feeling the imminent danger of death, began planning for his succession; three months later he issued an Ordinatio Imperii, an imperial decree that laid out plans for an orderly succession. In 815, he had already given his two eldest sons a share in the government, when he had sent his elder sons Lothair and Pepin to govern Bavaria and Aquitaine
Aquitaine
respectively, though without the royal titles. Now, he proceeded to divide the empire among his three sons:

Lothair was proclaimed and crowned co-emperor in Aachen
Aachen
by his father. He was promised the succession to most of the Frankish dominions (excluding the exceptions below), and would be the overlord of his brothers and cousin. Pepin was proclaimed King of Aquitaine, his territory including Gascony, the march around Toulouse, and the counties of Carcassonne, Autun, Avallon and Nevers. Louis, the youngest son, was proclaimed King of Bavaria
Bavaria
and the neighbouring marches.

If one of the subordinate kings died, he was to be succeeded by his sons. If he died childless, Lothair would inherit his kingdom. In the event of Lothair dying without sons, one of Louis the Pious' younger sons would be chosen to replace him by "the people". Above all, the Empire would not be divided: the Emperor would rule supreme over the subordinate kings, whose obedience to him was mandatory. With this settlement, Louis tried to combine his sense for the Empire's unity, supported by the clergy, while at the same time providing positions for all of his sons. Instead of treating his sons equally in status and land, he elevated his first-born son Lothair above his younger brothers and gave him the largest part of the Empire as his share.

Louis the Pious
Louis the Pious
doing penance at Attigny in 822

Bernard's rebellion and Louis's penance[edit] The ordinatio imperii of Aachen
Aachen
left Bernard of Italy
Bernard of Italy
in an uncertain and subordinate position as king of Italy, and he began plotting to declare independence upon hearing of it. Louis immediately directed his army towards Italy, and betook himself to Chalon-sur-Saône. Intimidated by the emperor's swift action, Bernard met his uncle at Chalon, under invitation, and surrendered. He was taken to Aachen
Aachen
by Louis, who there had him tried and condemned to death for treason. Louis had the sentence commuted to blinding, which was duly carried out; Bernard did not survive the ordeal, however, dying after two days of agony. Others also suffered: Theodulf of Orléans, in eclipse since the death of Charlemagne, was accused of having supported the rebellion, and was thrown into a monastic prison, dying soon afterwards; it was rumored that he had been poisoned.[8] The fate of his nephew deeply marked Louis's conscience for the rest of his life. In 822, as a deeply religious man, Louis performed penance for causing Bernard's death, at his palace of Attigny near Vouziers in the Ardennes, before Pope Paschal I, and a council of ecclesiastics and nobles of the realm that had been convened for the reconciliation of Louis with his three younger half-brothers, Hugo whom he soon made abbot of St-Quentin, Drogo whom he soon made Bishop of Metz, and Theodoric. This act of contrition, partly in emulation of Theodosius I, had the effect of greatly reducing his prestige as a Frankish ruler, for he also recited a list of minor offences about which no secular ruler of the time would have taken any notice. He also made the egregious error of releasing Wala and Adalard from their monastic confinements, placing the former in a position of power in the court of Lothair and the latter in a position in his own house.

Louis on a denarius from Sens, 818–823

Frontier wars[edit] At the start of Louis's reign, the many tribes – Danes, Obotrites, Slovenes, Bretons, Basques
Basques
– which inhabited his frontierlands were still in awe of the Frankish emperor's power and dared not stir up any trouble. In 816, however, the Sorbs
Sorbs
rebelled and were quickly followed by Slavomir, chief of the Obotrites, who was captured and abandoned by his own people, being replaced by Ceadrag in 818. Soon, Ceadrag too had turned against the Franks and allied with the Danes, who were to become the greatest menace of the Franks in a short time. A greater Slavic menace was gathering on the southeast. There, Ljudevit, duke of Pannonia, was harassing the border at the Drava
Drava
and Sava
Sava
rivers. The margrave of Friuli, Cadolah, was sent out against him, but he died on campaign and, in 820, his margarvate was invaded by Slovenes. In 821, an alliance was made with Borna, duke of the Dalmatia, and Liudewit was brought to heel. In 824 several Slav tribes in the north-western parts of Bulgaria
Bulgaria
acknowledged Louis's suzerainty and after he was reluctant to settle the matter peacefully with the Bulgarian ruler Omurtag, in 827 the Bulgarians attacked the Franks in Pannonia
Pannonia
and regained their lands. On the far southern edge of his great realm, Louis had to control the Lombard princes of Benevento whom Charlemagne
Charlemagne
had never subjugated. He extracted promises from Princes Grimoald IV and Sico, but to no effect. On the southwestern frontier, problems commenced early when c. 812, Louis the Pious
Louis the Pious
crossed the western Pyrenees
Pyrenees
'to settle matters' in Pamplona. The expedition made its way back north, where it narrowly escaped an ambush attempt arranged by the Basques
Basques
in the pass of Roncevaux thanks to the precautions he took, i.e. hostages. Séguin, duke of Gascony, was then deposed by Louis in 816, possibly for failing to suppress or collaborating with the Basque revolt south of the western Pyrenees, so sparking off a Basque uprising that was duly put down by the Frankish emperor in Dax. Seguin was replaced by Lupus III, who was dispossessed in 818 by the emperor. In 820 an assembly at Quierzy-sur-Oise
Quierzy-sur-Oise
decided to send an expedition against the Cordoban caliphate (827). The counts in charge of the army, Hugh, count of Tours, and Matfrid, count of Orléans, were slow in acting and the expedition came to naught. First civil war[edit] In 818, as Louis was returning from a campaign to Brittany, he was greeted by news of the death of his wife, Ermengarde. Ermengarde was the daughter of Ingerman, the duke of Hesbaye. Louis had been close to his wife, who had been involved in policymaking. It was rumoured that she had played a part in her nephew's death and Louis himself believed her own death was divine retribution for that event. It took many months for his courtiers and advisors to convince him to remarry, but eventually he did, in 820, to Judith, daughter of Welf, count of Altdorf. In 823 Judith gave birth to a son, who was named Charles. The birth of this son damaged the Partition of Aachen, as Louis's attempts to provide for his fourth son met with stiff resistance from his older sons, and the last two decades of his reign were marked by civil war. At Worms in 829, Louis gave Alemannia
Alemannia
to Charles, with the title of king or duke (historians differ on this), thus enraging his son and co-emperor Lothair,[9] whose promised share was thereby diminished. An insurrection was soon at hand. With the urging of the vengeful Wala and the cooperation of his brothers, Lothair accused Judith of having committed adultery with Bernard of Septimania, even suggesting Bernard to be the true father of Charles. Ebbo
Ebbo
and Hildwin abandoned the emperor at that point, Bernard having risen to greater heights than either of them. Agobard, Archbishop of Lyon, and Jesse, bishop of Amiens, too, opposed the redivision of the empire and lent their episcopal prestige to the rebels. In 830, at Wala's insistence that Bernard of Septimania
Septimania
was plotting against him, Pepin of Aquitaine
Aquitaine
led an army of Gascons, with the support of the Neustrian magnates, all the way to Paris. At Verberie, Louis the German
Louis the German
joined him. At that time, the emperor returned from another campaign in Brittany
Brittany
to find his empire at war with itself. He marched as far as Compiègne, an ancient royal town, before being surrounded by Pepin's forces and captured. Judith was incarcerated at Poitiers
Poitiers
and Bernard fled to Barcelona. Then Lothair finally set out with a large Lombard army, but Louis had promised his sons Louis the German
Louis the German
and Pepin of Aquitaine
Aquitaine
greater shares of the inheritance, prompting them to shift loyalties in favour of their father. When Lothair tried to call a general council of the realm in Nijmegen, in the heart of Austrasia, the Austrasians and Rhinelanders came with a following of armed retainers, and the disloyal sons were forced to free their father and bow at his feet (831). Lothair was pardoned, but disgraced and banished to Italy. Pepin returned to Aquitaine
Aquitaine
and Judith – after being forced to humiliate herself with a solemn oath of innocence – to Louis's court. Only Wala was severely dealt with, making his way to a secluded monastery on the shores of Lake Geneva. Although Hilduin, abbot of Saint Denis, was exiled to Paderborn
Paderborn
and Elisachar and Matfrid were deprived of their honours north of the Alps; they did not lose their freedom.[citation needed] Second civil war[edit] The next revolt occurred a mere two years later (832). The disaffected Pepin was summoned to his father's court, where he was so poorly received he left against his father's orders. Immediately, fearing that Pepin would be stirred up to revolt by his nobles and desiring to reform his morals, Louis the Pious
Louis the Pious
summoned all his forces to meet in Aquitaine
Aquitaine
in preparation of an uprising, but Louis the German
Louis the German
garnered an army of Slav allies and conquered Swabia before the emperor could react. Once again the elder Louis divided his vast realm. At Jonac, he declared Charles king of Aquitaine
Aquitaine
and deprived Pepin (he was less harsh with the younger Louis), restoring the whole rest of the empire to Lothair, not yet involved in the civil war. Lothair was, however, interested in usurping his father's authority. His ministers had been in contact with Pepin and may have convinced him and Louis the German to rebel, promising him Alemannia, the kingdom of Charles. Soon Lothair, with the support of Pope Gregory IV, whom he had confirmed in office without his father's support, joined the revolt in 833. While Louis was at Worms gathering a new force, Lothair marched north. Louis marched south. The armies met on the plains of the Rothfeld. There, Gregory met the emperor and may have tried to sow dissension amongst his ranks. Soon much of Louis's army had evaporated before his eyes, and he ordered his few remaining followers to go, because "it would be a pity if any man lost his life or limb on my account." The resigned emperor was taken to Saint-Médard de Soissons, his son Charles to Prüm, and the queen to Tortona. The despicable show of disloyalty and disingenuousness earned the site the name Field of Lies, or Lügenfeld, or Campus Mendacii, ubi plurimorum fidelitas exstincta est.[10]

Louis on a sesquisolidus, essentially Roman in design.[11]

On 13 November 833, Ebbo
Ebbo
of Rheims presided over a synod in the Church of Saint Mary in Soissons which deposed Louis and forced him to publicly confess many crimes, none of which he had, in fact, committed. In return, Lothair gave Ebbo
Ebbo
the Abbey of Saint Vaast. Men like Rabanus Maurus, Louis' younger half-brothers Drogo and Hugh, and Emma, Judith's sister and Louis the German's new wife, worked on the younger Louis to make peace with his father, for the sake of unity of the empire. The humiliation to which Louis was then subjected at Notre Dame in Compiègne
Compiègne
turned the loyal barons of Austrasia
Austrasia
and Saxony against Lothair, and the usurper fled to Burgundy, skirmishing with loyalists near Chalon-sur-Saône. Louis was restored the next year, on 1 March 834. On Lothair's return to Italy, Wala, Jesse, and Matfrid, formerly count of Orléans, died of a pestilence and, on 2 February 835, the Synod of Thionville deposed Ebbo, Agobard, Bernard, Bishop of Vienne, and Bartholomew, Archbishop of Narbonne. Lothair himself fell ill; events had turned completely in Louis favour once again. In 836, however, the family made peace and Louis restored Pepin and Louis, deprived Lothair of all save Italy, and gave it to Charles in a new division, given at the diet of Crémieu. At about that time, the Vikings
Vikings
terrorised and sacked Utrecht and Antwerp. In 837, they went up the Rhine
Rhine
as far as Nijmegen, and their king, Rorik, demanded the wergild of some of his followers killed on previous expeditions before Louis the Pious
Louis the Pious
mustered a massive force and marched against them. They fled, but it would not be the last time they harried the northern coasts. In 838, they even claimed sovereignty over Frisia, but a treaty was confirmed between them and the Franks in 839. Louis the Pious ordered the construction of a North Sea fleet and the sending of missi dominici into Frisia
Frisia
to establish Frankish sovereignty there. Third civil war[edit] In 837, Louis crowned Charles king over all of Alemannia
Alemannia
and Burgundy and gave him a portion of his brother Louis' land. Louis the German promptly rose in revolt, and the emperor redivided his realm again at Quierzy-sur-Oise, giving all of the young king of Bavaria's lands, save Bavaria
Bavaria
itself, to Charles. Emperor Louis did not stop there, however. His devotion to Charles knew no bounds. When Pepin died in 838, Louis declared Charles the new king of Aquitaine. The nobles, however, elected Pepin's son Pepin II. When Louis threatened invasion, the third great civil war of his reign broke out. In the spring of 839, Louis the German
Louis the German
invaded Swabia, Pepin II and his Gascon subjects fought all the way to the Loire, and the Danes returned to ravage the Frisian coast (sacking Dorestad
Dorestad
for a second time). Lothair, for the first time in a long time, allied with his father and pledged support at Worms in exchange for a redivision of the inheritance. At a final placitum held there, Louis gave Bavaria
Bavaria
to Louis the German
Louis the German
and disinherited Pepin II, leaving the entire remainder of the empire to be divided roughly into an eastern part and a western. Lothair was given the choice of which partition he would inherit and he chose the eastern, including Italy, leaving the western for Charles. The emperor quickly subjugated Aquitaine
Aquitaine
and had Charles recognised by the nobles and clergy at Clermont-en-Auvergne in 840. Louis then, in a final flash of glory, rushed into Bavaria
Bavaria
and forced the younger Louis into the Ostmark. The empire now settled as he had declared it at Worms, he returned in July to Frankfurt am Main, where he disbanded the army. The final civil war of his reign was over.[citation needed] Death[edit] Louis fell ill soon after his final victorious campaigns and went to his summer hunting lodge on an island in the Rhine, by his palace at Ingelheim. On 20 June 840, he died, at the old age of 62, in the presence of many bishops and clerics and in the arms of his half-brother Drogo, though Charles and Judith were absent in Poitiers. Soon dispute plunged the surviving brothers into a civil war that was only settled in 843 by the Treaty of Verdun, which split the Frankish realm into three parts, to become the kernels of France
France
and Germany, with Burgundy and the Low Countries
Low Countries
between them. The dispute over the kingship of Aquitaine
Aquitaine
was not fully settled until 860.[citation needed] Louis was buried in the Abbey of Saint-Arnould
Abbey of Saint-Arnould
in Metz.[12] Marriage and issue[edit] By his first wife, Ermengarde of Hesbaye
Ermengarde of Hesbaye
(married ca. 794–98), he had three sons and three daughters:

Lothair (795–855), king of Middle Francia Pepin (797–838), king of Aquitaine Adelaide (b. c. 799) Rotrude (b. 800) Hildegard (or Matilda) (b. c. 802) Louis the German
Louis the German
(c. 804–876), king of East Francia

By his second wife, Judith of Bavaria, he had a daughter and a son:

Gisela, married Eberhard of Friuli Charles the Bald, king of West Francia

By Theodelinde of Sens[citation needed], he had two illegitimate children:

Arnulf of Sens Alpais

Ancestry[edit]

Ancestors of Louis the Pious

16. Pepin of Herstal

8. Charles Martel

17. Alpaida

4. Pepin the Short

9. Rotrude

2. Charlemagne

10. Charibert of Laon

21. Bertrada of Prüm

5. Bertrada of Laon

1. Louis the Pious

6. Gerold of Vinzgau

3. Hildegarde

28. Huoching

14. Hnabi of Alamannia

7. Emma of Alamannia

15. Hereswind

Notes[edit]

^ Latin: Ludovicus or Hludowicus Pius, German: Ludwig der Fromme, French: Louis le Pieux or Louis le Débonnaire, Italian: Luigi il Pio or Ludovico il Pio, Spanish: Luis el Piadoso or Ludovico Pío. ^ Einhard
Einhard
gives the name of his birthplace as Cassanoilum. In addition to Chasseneuil near Poitiers, scholars have suggested that Louis may have been born at Casseneuil (Lot et Garonne) or at Casseuil on the Garonne
Garonne
near La Réole, where the Dropt flows into the Garonne. ^ Pierre Riche, The Carolingians: The Family who Forged Europe, transl. Michael Idomir Allen, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993), 116. ^ Pierre Riche, The Carolingians:The Family who Forged Europe, 94. ^ a b c d Church Architecture and Liturgy in the Carolingian
Carolingian
Era, Michael S. Driscoll, A Companion to the Eucharist in the Middle Ages, ed. Ian Levy, Gary Macy, Kristen Van Ausdall, (Brill, 2012), 194. ^ Booker, Courtney M (2012). Past Convictions: The Penance of Louis the Pious and the Decline of the Carolingians. ISBN 978-0-8122-0138-3. Retrieved 2017-05-28.  – via  Questia (subscription required) ^ Church Architecture and Liturgy in the Carolingian
Carolingian
Era, Michael S. Driscoll, A Companion to the Eucharist in the Middle Ages, 195. ^ The Frankish Kingdoms, 814-898:the West, Janet L. Nelson, The New Cambridge Medieval History, 700–900, Vol. II, ed. Rosamond McKitterick, (Cambridge University Press, 1995), 114. ^ Paired gold medallions of father and son had been struck on the occasion of the synod of Paris (825) that asserted Frankish claims as emperor, recently denigrated by the Byzantines; see Karl F. Morrison, "The Gold Medallions of Louis the Pious
Louis the Pious
and Lothaire I and the Synod of Paris (825)" Speculum 36.4 (October 1961:592–599). ^ [1]. ^ Medieval European Coinage by Philip Grierson, Mark Blackburn, Lucia Travaini, p.329 [2] ^ Metz, Steven Fanning, Medieval France:An Encyclopedia, Ed. William W. Kibler and Grover A. Zinn, (Routledge, 1995), p. 615.

Sources[edit]

Vita Hludovici
Vita Hludovici
Imperatoris , the main source for his reign, written c. 840 by an unknown author usually called "the Astronomer" Vita Hludowici Imperatoris by Thegan of Trier
Trier
on-line Latin text

Further reading[edit]

Booker, Courtney M. Past Convictions: The Penance of Louis the Pious and the Decline of the Carolingians, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8122-4168-6 De Jong, Mayke. The Penitential State: Authority and Atonement in the Age of Louis the Pious, 814–840. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Depreux, Philippe. Prosopographie de l'entourage de Louis le Pieux (781–840). Sigmaringen: Thorbecke, 1997. A useful prosopographical overview of Louis' household, court and other subordinates. Eichler, Daniel. Fränkische Reichsversammlungen unter Ludwig dem Frommen. Hannover: Hahnsche Buchhandlung, 2007 (Monumenta Germaniae Historica Studien und Texte, 45). Ganshof, François-Louis The Carolingians and the Frankish Monarchy. 1971. Godman, Peter, and Roger Collins (eds.). Charlemagne's Heir: New Perspectives on the Reign of Louis the Pious
Louis the Pious
(814–840). Oxford and New York: Clarendon Press, 1990. Oman, Charles. The Dark Ages 476–918. London, 1914.

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Cassinogilum: an argument for Casseneuil as Louis' birthplace Chasseneuil-du-Poitou
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Louis the Pious Carolingian
Carolingian
Dynasty Born: 16 April 778 Died: 20 June 840

Regnal titles

New title King of Aquitaine 781–814 Succeeded by Pepin I

Preceded by Charlemagne Emperor of the Romans 813–840 with Lothair I
Lothair I
(817–840) Succeeded by Lothair I

King of the Franks 814–840 Succeeded by Lothair I as king of Middle Francia

Succeeded by Louis II as king of East Francia

Succeeded by Charles II as king of West Francia

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Clovis I Childebert I Chlothar I Charibert I Guntram Chilperic I Sigebert I Childebert II Chlothar II Dagobert I Sigebert II Clovis II Chlothar III Childeric II Theuderic III Clovis IV Childebert III Dagobert III Chilperic II Chlothar IV Theuderic IV Childeric III

Carolingians, Robertians and Bosonids (751–987)

Pepin the Short Carloman I Charlemagne
Charlemagne
(Charles I) Louis I Charles II Louis II Louis III Carloman II Charles the Fat OdoR Charles III Robert IR RudolphB Louis IV Lothair Louis V

House of Capet
House of Capet
(987–1328)

Hugh Capet Robert II Henry I Philip I Louis VI Louis VII Philip II Louis VIII Louis IX Philip III Philip IV Louis X John I Philip V Charles IV

House of Valois
House of Valois
(1328–1589)

Philip VI John II Charles V Charles VI Charles VII Louis XI Charles VIII Louis XII Francis I Henry II Francis II Charles IX Henry III

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Henry VI of England

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Henry IV Louis XIII Louis XIV Louis XV Louis XVI Louis XVII

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Napoleon
Napoleon
I Napoleon
Napoleon
II

Bourbon Restoration
Bourbon Restoration
(1815–1830)

Louis XVIII Charles X Louis XIX Henry V

July Monarchy
July Monarchy
(1830–1848)

Louis Philippe I

Second Republic (1848–1852)

Jacques-Charles Dupont de l'Eure Executive Commission Louis-Eugène Cavaignac Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte

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Napoleon
Napoleon
III

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Louis-Jules Trochu

Third Republic (1871–1940)

Adolphe Thiers Patrice de Mac-Mahon Jules Armand Dufaure* Jules Grévy Maurice Rouvier* Sadi Carnot Charles Dupuy* Jean Casimir-Perier Charles Dupuy* Félix Faure Charles Dupuy* Émile Loubet Armand Fallières Raymond Poincaré Paul Deschanel Alexandre Millerand Frédéric François-Marsal* Gaston Doumergue Paul Doumer André Tardieu* Albert Lebrun

Vichy France
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Philippe Pétain

Provisional Government (1944–1947)

Charles de Gaulle Félix Gouin Georges Bidault Vincent Auriol Léon Blum

Fourth Republic (1947–1958)

Vincent Auriol René Coty

Fifth Republic (1958–present)

Charles de Gaulle Alain Poher* Georges Pompidou Alain Poher* Valéry Giscard d'Estaing François Mitterrand Jacques Chirac Nicolas Sarkozy François Hollande Emmanuel Macron

Debatable or disputed rulers are in italics. Acting heads of state are denoted by an asterisk*. Millerand held the presidency in an acting capacity before being fully elected.

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