Louis the Child
1 Life 2 See also 3 Notes 4 External links
Louis was born in September or October 893 in Altötting, Duchy of
Bavaria. He was the only legitimate son of king Arnulf of Carinthia
and his wife, Ota, a member of the
Conradine dynasty. He had at least
two brothers: his elder, illegitimate brother Zwentibold, who ruled
Lotharingia, and another brother named Ratold, who briefly ruled
Kingdom of Italy. Ratold's maternity and age are unknown.
Louis was crowned in Forchheim on 4 February 900. This is the
earliest East Frankish royal coronation about which records are known
to exist. Louis was of a weak personal constitution, often sick, and
due to his young age, the reins of government were entirely in the
hands of others - the nobles and bishops. Indeed, the coronation was
probably a result of the fact that there was little Louis could gain
at the expense of the nobles.
The most influential of Louis's councillors were Hatto I, Archbishop
of Mainz, and Solomon III, Bishop of Constance. It was these two who
assured that the royal court decided in favour of the Conradines
against the Babenbergers in the matter of the Duchy of Franconia. They
appointed Louis's nephew, Conrad as a duke. In 903 Louis promulgated
the Raffelstetten Customs Regulations, the first customs regulations
in the East Frankish part of Europe.
In 900, during Hungarian invasions of Europe, Magyar army ravaged
Bavaria. Another group of
^ This article incorporates text from a publication now in
the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Louis the Child".
Encyclopædia Britannica. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
^ Györffy, György (1959). "Tanulmányok a magyar állam
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^ Andrew L. Simon, Istvan Lazar (2001). Transylvania: A Short History.
^ Gwatking, H. M., Whitney, J. P., et al. Cambridge Medieval History:
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Louis IV of East Francia Carolingian dynasty Born: September/October 893 Died: 20/24 September 911
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