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Carloman, King of the West Franks

Carloman (died 884), king of Western Francia, was the eldest son of King Louis the Stammerer, and became king, together with his brother Louis III, on his father's death in 879.

Although some doubts were cast upon their legitimacy, the brothers obtained recognition and in 880 made a division of the kingdom, Carloman receiving Burgundy and the southern part of France. In 882 he became sole king owing to his brother's death, but the kingdom was in a very deplorable condition, and his power was very circumscribed. Carloman met his death while hunting on December 12, 884.

Preceded by:
Louis the Stammerer
List of French monarchs Succeeded by:
Charles the Fat

Original text from a 1911 Encyclopedia - please update as needed.