Louis II King of the West Franks
- Born: 846, France
- Marriage (1): Adelaide Queen Of Franks
- Died: 879, Compiegne, Oise, France at age 33
Louis II "The Stammerer," King of the West Franks
Louis II Le Begue of France. Crowned 877.48
Ruled BET. 878 - 879 Emperor of the West; Ruled BET. 877 - 879 King of the West Franks;
Crowned 8 DEC 877 Crowned at Reims by Hincmar, Archbishop of Reims.67
Louis II, byname LOUIS THE STAMMERER, French LOUIS LE BÈGUE (b. Nov. 1, 846--d. April 10, 879, Compiègne, Fr.), king of Francia Occidentalis (the West Frankish kingdom) from 877 until his death.
After the death of his elder brother Charles in 866, Louis, the son of King Charles II the Bald, was made king of Aquitaine under his father's tutelage in 867. Charles became emperor in 875 and two years later left Louis as regent while he defended Italy for Pope John VIII. Louis was elected king of the West Franks to succeed his father as king of the West Franks in December 877, but not as emperor. He was crowned king by Hincmar, archbishop of Reims, on Dec. 8, and in Sept. 878 he was consecrated afresh by Pope John VIII. At a council at Troyes in 878, the Pope attempted to force Louis to take up the role of defender of the papacy, but Louis refused. Louis and his cousin Louis the Younger, ruler of the East Frankish kingdom, agreed to maintain the division of Lotharingia that their respective fathers had negotiated in the Treaty of Mersen in 870. Louis had hoped to redistribute offices of state but was frustrated by the Frankish magnates, who had accepted him as king on the condition that he respect their possessions and rights. After an ineffectual reign of eighteen months Louis died at Compiègne on April 10 or 11, 879.
By his first wife, Ansgarde, a Burgundian princess, he had two sons, his successors, Louis III. and Carloman; by his second wife, Adelaide, he had a posthumous son, Charles the Simple, who also became king of France. [Encyclopædia Britannica, 1971 ed., Vol. 14, pg. 414, LOUIS II; Encyclopaedia Britannica CD '97, LOUIS II].
Louis married Adelaide Queen Of Franks.