Saturday, July 16, 2011

Family Tree

I have found a new hobby to occupy the little spare time that I have after work and kids. I am working on our family tree through Ancestry. It is so much fun and I have found some interesting stories and people. Periodically, I will share some of this information on my blog.

Meet my 34th great grandfather, King Louis IV of France. He is related to me through my father's maternal side.
Louis IV (10 September 920 – 30 September 954), called d'Outremer or Transmarinus (both meaning "from overseas"), reigned as King of Western Francia from 936 to 954. He was a member of the Carolingian dynasty, the son of Charles III and Eadgifu of England, a daughter of King Edward the Elder.

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, 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.
Charles died in 929, but Rudolph ruled on until 936, when Louis was summoned back to France unanimously by the nobles, especially Hugh the Great, who had probably organised his return to prevent Herbert II, or Rudolph's brother Hugh the Black, taking the throne. He was crowned king at Laon by Artald, archbishop of Rheims, on Sunday 19 June 936.
Louis IV fell from his horse and died 10 September 954, at Rheims, in the Marne, and is interred there at Saint RĂ©mi Basilica

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