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Carolingian Civil War (840 – 843)

Medieval depiction of Lothair I

Lothair I

The Carolingian Civil War was fought over partition of the Carolingian Empire between Louis the Pious’ surviving sons Lothair I, Louis the German and Charles the Bald from 840 to 843. Due to Lothair’s claim to the entire Carolingian Empire after the death of Louis the Pious in 840 his younger brothers Charles the Bald and Louis the German allied their forces against Lothair who was decisively defeated in the Battle of Fontenay in 841. The Carolingian Civil War ended in 843 with the Treaty of Verdun which partitioned the Carolingian Empire between the three brothers and is traditionally considered the beginning of dissolution of the Carolingian Empire.

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