Birth: 920, Laon, Aisne, France;
Death: Sep 10, 954; St. Remy Abbey, Reims, Marne, France;
Occupation: King of the West Franks from Jan 15, 936 to Sep 10, 954
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- King of France - Dates: 936-954
Louis IV (920 -- September 10, 954), called d'Outremer or Transmarinus, reigned as king of France from 936 to 954, a member of the Carolingian dynasty, the son of Charles III and Eadgifu of England, a daughter of King Edward the Elder. He was a fifth generation descendant of Charlemagne.
He was only two years old when his father was deposed by the nobles, who set up Robert I in his place. When he was only three years old, Robert died and was replaced by Rudolph, duke of Burgundy. Rudolph's ally, a Carolingian himself, Count Herbert II of Vermandois [also a direct ancestor - jmh], took Charles captive by treachery and the young Louis's mother took the boy "over the sea" to the safety of England, hence his nickname.
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