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King Louis IV
Birth: Sep. 10, 920
Death: Sep. 10, 954

King of the west Franks. Also known by the nickname d'Outre-Mer or Transmarinus. Son of King Charles III "the Simplex" and his second wife Edgiva of Wessex, the older sister of Edith of Wessex. He spend his childhood with his mother at his grandfathers court in England. She had fled there after the Duke of Vermandois had imprisoned his father. In 936 Duke Hugh "the Great" called him back to France. On June 19th he was crowned King in Laon. In the fall of 939 he married the seven years older sister of Emperor Otto I, Gerberge. In the beginning the relationship with Hugh was serene. They fought together against Hugh "the Black," but the peace contract the two Hugh's signed opened Louis' eyes about the role his friend had appointed for him - the role of Hugh's marionette. The following conflict between the two lasted during much of his reign. In 946 he was imprisoned by Hugh, but was released after Otto I and Louis grandfather had pressured Hugh. For his release Louis had to hand over Laon. In 948 during a synod in Ingelheim Hugh was excommunicated. With Otto's support he was able to re-conquer Laon. In 953 the two reconciled in Soissons. On his way from Laon to Reims he hunted a wolf, fell from his horse and died from inner injuries. (bio by: Lutetia) 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles III Carolingian
  Eadgifu of Wessex
 
 Spouse:
   Gerberga of Saxony (913 - 969)*
 
 Children:
  Mathilde de France*
  Charles Of Lower Lorraine*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Remi Basilica
Reims
Departement de la Marne
Champagne-Ardenne, France
Plot: Buried near Saint Remi
 
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Originally Created by: Mike Reed
Record added: Mar 06, 2002
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King Louis IV
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King Louis IV
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