Louis the Younger


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Louis the Younger,

c.830–882, German king, ruler (876–82) over Saxony, Franconia, and Thuringia, son of Louis the GermanLouis the German,
c.804–876, king of the East Franks (817–76). When his father, Emperor of the West Louis I, partitioned the empire in 817, Louis received Bavaria and adjacent territories.
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. He shared the succession to his father's lands with his brothers CarlomanCarloman
, d. 880, king of Bavaria, Carinthia, Pannonia, and Moravia (876–80) and of Italy (877–80), son of Louis the German and father of Arnulf, emperor of the West.
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 (d. 880) and Charles the Fat (later Emperor of the West Charles IIICharles III
or Charles the Fat,
839–88, emperor of the West (881–87), king of the East Franks (882–87), and king of the West Franks (884–87); son of Louis the German, at whose death he inherited Swabia (876).
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). In 876 at Andernach, Louis the Younger defeated his uncle, Emperor of the West Charles IICharles II
or Charles the Bald,
823–77, emperor of the West (875–77) and king of the West Franks (843–77); son of Emperor Louis I by a second marriage.
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 (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.