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Louis the Pious
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(714, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou near Poitiers – Jun 20, 840, near Ingelheim am Rhein). The third son of Charlemagne, Louis was appointed king of Aquitaine in 781 and coemperor in 813; he became sole emperor in 814. Initially he ruled energetically and decisively (Capitularies, reform of the rules for canons and monks with Benedict of Aniane). The ordinatio of 817 governing succession was intended to assure the unity of the empire: the younger sons were made subordinate to Lothar, the eldest. In 829, when Louis awarded a separate kingdom w…

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Hartmann, Wilfried, “Louis the Pious”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_13227>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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