c.806 - 876
King of the East Frankish kdm

Louis' father, Louis the Pious, ruled the Frankish realm as successor to Charlemagne.
In a long and complicated family dispute the Frankish kingdom was eventually divided by the Treaty of Verdun into Middle, Eastern and Western kdms. The Middle kdm
was soon partitioned again.
Louis, the German received the East, and Charles, the Bald the West (France).

In 840 the brothers engaged in a civil war that was eventually settled in the Treaty of Verdun. Louis, the German, received all the lands on the right side of the Rhine river. For the first time all the German lands were united under a single ruler, a development that led later to the German nation.

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