Louis IV, King of France, 936-954
Sex: MIndividual InformationBirth: 921 1 Christening: Death: September 10, 954 Reims, France 1 Burial: Cause of Death: AFN #:
ParentsFather: Charles III, King of France 893-922 Mother: Eadgifu
Spouses and Children1. *Gerberga 2 Marriage: 939 3 Status: Children: 1. Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine, 978-994 2. Matilda of France
"Byname Louis D'Outremer (Louis from Overseas), king of France from 936 to 954
who spent most of his reign struggling against his powerful vassal Hugh the
"When Louis's father, Charles III the Simple, was imprisoned in 923, his
mother, Eadgifu, daughter of the Anglo-Saxon king Edward the Elder, took Louis
to England. He was recalled to France in 936 and crowned on June 19 at Laon
by Artand, Bishop of Reims, who became Louis's chief supporter against Hugh
the Great. Louis proved not to be the puppet monarch that Hugh had
anticipated; he even moved from Paris to Laon to avoid Hugh's influence. When
Hugh and Herbnert of Vermandios seized Reims and attacked Laon in 940, Louis
valiantly defended his city; but because of Louis's earlier interference in
Lorraine the German king, Otto I, sent aid to the rebels. Louis appeared to
be totally defeated in 941, but he made peace with Otto in November 942 at
Vise on the Meuse, and Hugh and he were reconciled after Herbert, Hugh's chief
supporter, died in 943.
"In 945 while intervening in Norman politics, Louis was captured and handed
over to Hugh, who imprisoned him for a year. On his release, Louis closely
allied himself with Otto to retake Reims in 946. In 949 Louis again received
control of Laon, and Hugh, Excommunicated by French and German synods and by
the Pope, made a peace in 951 that lasted until Louis's death."
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1 Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition.
2 Ancestral Roots, Frederick Weis, (Seventh Edition 1992,1993 Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Maryland ISBN 0-8063-1207-6). p. 125.
3 Eight Lines of Descent, Frederick Weis, Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, Founder of Lancaster, Massachusetts,1645, From Alfred the Great, King of England, 871-901. 18.