Louis the Younger

Louis the Younger, c.830–882, German king, ruler (876–82) over Saxony, Franconia, and Thuringia, son of Louis the German. He shared the succession to his father's lands with his brothers Carloman (d. 880) and Charles the Fat (later Emperor of the West Charles III). In 876 at Andernach, Louis the Younger defeated his uncle, Emperor of the West Charles II (Charles the Bald), who had claimed a portion of Louis's share of Lotharingia. Louis attempted twice (879, 880) to win France from the grandsons of Charles II, Louis III and Carloman, but instead settled for the cession of the remainder of Lotharingia. At his death Germany was reunited under Charles III.

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