Charlemagne Holy Roman EmperorHeldegarde, de Linzgau Holy Roman EmpressGuelph, Count of Andech and Bavaria von SwabiaHeilwig (Egilwich) Abbess of Challes von Saxony

Louis I, Judith

Charles II

f a m i l y
Children with:
Ermentrude (Imtrud) Countess of Orleans
Richeut (Richardis) Countess of Metz

Lothaire I Holy Roman Emperor
Adelaide Carolingian Holy Roman Princess

Judith Princess of France
Ermentrude (Hersent) Princess of the Holy Roman Empire
Rothilde of Neustria
Louis (Ludwig) II, "The Stammerer" King of France
Charles II "The Bald" Holy Roman Emperor
  • Born: 13 Jun 823, Frankfurt, Hessen-Nassau, Germany
  • Married 13 Dec 842, Crecy, France, to Ermentrude (Imtrud) Countess of Orleans
  • Married 25 Nov 870 to Richeut (Richardis) Countess of Metz
  • Died: 6 Oct 877, Brides les Bains,near Mr. Cenis in the Alps

    pict1757.jpg [161x193] The seal of Charles II
    Charles II is buried in St. Denis, France.
    Charles II or Charles the Bald,82377, emperor of the West (87577) and king of the West Franks (84377); son of Emperor Louis I by a second marriage. The efforts of Louis to create a kingdom for Charles were responsible for the repeated revolts of Louis's elder sons that disturbed the latter part of Louis's reign. When Lothair I, the eldest and heir to the imperial title, attempted to reunite the empire after Louis's death (840), Charles and Louis the German marched against their brother and defeated him at Fontenoy (841). Reaffirming their alliance in 842 (see Strasbourg, Oath of), they signed (843) with Lothair the Treaty of Verdun (see Verdun, Treaty of), which divided the empire into three parts. The part roughly corresponding to modern France fell to Charles. He was almost continuously at war with his brothers and their sons, with the Norsemen (or Normans, as they came to be known in France), and with rebellious subjects. When Charles's nephew Lothair, son of Lothair I and king of Lotharingia, died in 869, Charles seized his kingdom but was forced by the Treaty of Mersen (870) to divide it with Louis the German. In 875, at the death of his nephew Louis II, who had succeeded Lothair I as emperor, Charles secured the imperial crown. His reign witnessed the growth of the power of the nobles at the expense of the royal power and thus marked the rise of local feudalism. Charles's chief adviser was Archbishop Hincmar.

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