Louis the Stammerer

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Louis II
An artist's depiction of Louis
King of West Francia
Reign6 October 877 — 10 April 879
Coronation8 October 877
PredecessorCharles II
SuccessorLouis III and Carloman II
Born(846-11-01)1 November 846
Died10 April 879(879-04-10) (aged 32)
Compiegne, France
Saint-Corneille Abbey, Compiegne, France
FatherCharles II of France
MotherErmentrude of Orléans
ReligionRoman Catholicism

Louis II (1 November 846 — 10 April 879) nicknamed the Stammerer (French: le Bègue) was the King of West Francia from 877 until his death in 879. He was the oldest son and the second child of King Charles II of France and Ermentrude of Orléans. He succeded his father as king in October 877 and was crowned two days after his accession.

Louis was physically weak. He couldn't speak very well. Unlike his father, he never became the Holy Roman Emperor. He had little interest in politics. He was a sweet and a simple man, a huge lover of peace, justice, and religion. His short two-year reign was very peaceful.

In 879, Louis started a campaign against the Vikings who were donanating over Europe at that time. However, as soon as the campaign began, Louis felt ill and died on 10 April 879 at the age of 33. He was succeeded by his two sons, Louis III and Carloman II who both successfully defeated the Vikings together at the Battle of Saucourt-en-Vimeu in 881.

Louis had achievements during his reign. He played a significant role in the ongoing struggles between the Carolingian dynasty and the Viking invaders, successfully defending the Frankish kingdom against Vikings. His dedication to securing the borders and maintaining peace within the realm earned him respect and admiration from his subjects and his people.

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