Louis the Pious succeeded his father as sole ruler of Francia in 814

Louis the Pious succeeded his father as sole ruler of Francia in 814

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Louis the Pious succeeded his father as sole ruler of Francia in 814. In 816, he had himself re- coronated by Pope Stephen IV, setting a precedent that all claimants to emperorship would  follow. The first fifteen years of his reign were divided among three concerns: 1) dealing with  continuing military matters, now in a defensive manner. Slavs beyond the Elbe and in the  Northwest Balkans were fought off, while Lombard duchies in southern Italy were repeatedly  disciplined. Likewise, Bulgars who had wandered west were pushed off, just as constant  skirmishes with the Arabs in the Marches were meant to protect Barcelona. 2) Appropriate to his  epithet, Louis was intensely concerned with religious matters in his realms. He wanted a  Christian kingdom. This began by enforcing religious morality in his palace, encouraging  princesses to enroll in nunneries. He also held ecclesiastical councils at Aachen in 816-817, under  the influence of his close adviser Wittiza, known as St. Benedict of Aniane. In the next years, 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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Louis the Pious succeeded his father as sole ruler of Francia in 814

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