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Carloman of France

"Carloman II" might refer to the second Carolingian of that name, otherwise known as Carloman I.
Carloman II
King of Western Francia

A denarius minted under Carloman II
Reign 879–884
Coronation September 879 in Ferrières-en-Gâtinais
Predecessor Louis II
Successor Charles the Fat
Father Louis II
Mother Ansgarde of Burgundy
Born 866
Died 12 December 884
Burial Saint Denis Basilica, Paris, France

Carloman II (c. 866 – 12 December 884), King of Western Francia, was the youngest son of King Louis the Stammerer and Ansgarde of Burgundy, and became king, jointly with his brother Louis III of France, on his father's death in 879.

Some nobles advocated electing a sole king, but eventually both brothers were elected kings. Although doubts were cast upon their legitimacy, the brothers obtained recognition and in March 880 divided their father's realm at Amiens, Carloman receiving Burgundy and Aquitaine.

However, Duke Boso had renounced his allegiance to both brothers and had been elected King of Provence. In the summer of 880 the brothers Carloman and Louis marched against him, took Mâcon and the northern parts of Boso's realm. They united their forces with those of Charles the Fat and unsuccessfully besieged Vienne from August to November. Only in the summer of 882, Vienne was taken after being besieged by Richard, Count of Autun.

About the same time, in August 882, Carloman became sole king owing to his brother's death, but the kingdom was in a deplorable condition partly owing to incursions from the Norman raiders, and his power was very circumscribed. There were revolts of the feudal lords even in Burgundy.

Carloman met his death while hunting on 12 December 884 and was succeeded in the rule by his cousin, the Emperor Charles the Fat.

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Carloman II
Born: c. 866 Died: 12 December 884
Preceded by
Louis II
King of Western Francia
10 April 879 – 12 December 884
with Louis III (10 April 879 – 5 August 882)
Succeeded by
Charles the Fat

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