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Louis II, the Stammerer

Male 846 - 879  (32 years)


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  • Name Louis II  
    Suffix the Stammerer 
    Born 1 Nov 846 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Apr 879 
    Buried Saint-Corneille Abbey, Compiègne, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Louis II, known as Louis the Stammerer (French: Louis le Bègue; 1 November 846 ? 10 April 879), was the king of Aquitaine and later the king of West Francia. He was the eldest son of Emperor Charles the Bald and Ermentrude of Orléans. Louis the Stammerer was physically weak and outlived his father by a year and a half.

      He succeeded his younger brother Charles the Child as the ruler of Aquitaine in 866 and his father in West Francia in 877, but he was never crowned emperor.

      Louis was crowned king on 8 October 877 by Hincmar, archbishop of Reims, at Compiegne[1] and was crowned a second time in August 878 by Pope John VIII at Troyes while the pope was attending a council there.[2] The pope may have even offered him the imperial crown, but it was declined. Louis had relatively little impact on politics. He was described "a simple and sweet man, a lover of peace, justice, and religion"[3].[citation needed] In 878, he gave the counties of Barcelona, Girona, and Besalú to Wilfred the Hairy. His final act was to march against the invading Vikings, but he fell ill and died on 9 April or 10 April 879, not long after beginning this final campaign. On his death, his realms were divided between his two sons, Carloman II and Louis III of France.

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      During the peace negotiations between his father and Erispoe, duke of Brittany, Louis was betrothed to an unnamed daughter of Erispoe in 856. It is not known if this was the same daughter who later married Gurivant. The contract was broken in 857 after Erispoe's murder.

      Louis was married twice. His first wife Ansgarde of Burgundy had two sons: Louis (born in 863) and Carloman (born in 866),[1] both of whom became kings of West Francia, and three daughters: Hildegarde (born in 864), Gisela (865?884) and Ermentrude (874?914).

      He had a posthumous son, Charles the Simple, by his second wife, Adelaide of Paris,[1] who would become, long after his elder brothers' deaths, king of West Francia.
    Person ID I11789  Johnson & Hanson
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2021 

    Father Charles II the Bald,   b. 823,   d. 877  (Age 54 years) 
    Mother Ermentrude, de Orleans,   b. 27 Sep 823,   d. 6 Oct 869  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 842 
    Family ID F4240  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ansgarde OF BURGUNDY, Queen of Aquitaine,   b. 848, Aix, La Chappele, Austrasia, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 879, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Children 
     1. Louis III, of France,   b. 863, St Denis Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 882, St Denis, Île-de-France, Neustria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)
     2. Hildegarde,   b. 864
     3. Gisela,   b. 865,   d. 884  (Age 19 years)
     4. Carloman II,   b. 866,   d. 12 Dec 884  (Age 18 years)
    +5. Ermentrude, of France
    Last Modified 2 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F4244  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Adelaide, of Paris,   b. 850,   d. 10 Nov 901  (Age 51 years) 
    Children 
     1. Charles, the Simple,   b. 17 Sep 879,   d. 7 Oct 929  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2021 
    Family ID F4245  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart