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Frankish king Louis I The Pious

Frankish king Louis I The Pious


Louis I the Pious (778 – 840) ruled the Frankish empire from the death of his father Charlemagne in 814 until his own death in 840. Under Frankish law, Charlemagne’s empire was to be divided among his three sons, but the death of his sons Pépin, king of Italy, in 810, and his second son, Charles, king of Franconia, a year later, left Louis, king of Acquitaine since 781, as Charlemagne’s sole surviving son and successor.

Scotland and the Irish

Scotland and the Irish

In the 1840s and 1850s the population was swelled by a great influx of Irish from all the provinces of that country. This was the first great movement of people between the two countries, and it brought back to Scotland many of the descendants of the Plantation of the early 1600s. It also brought into Scotland substantial Catholic population, who were to have an impact on the political scene as well on the religious make up of the country.

Book review: Secret Days by Asa Briggs

Book review: Secret Days by Asa Briggs
Author: Asa Briggs
Publisher: Frontline Books
Reviewed by: Roger Moorhouse
Price (RRP): £19.99

From being Britain’s best kept wartime secret barely a generation ago, the story of the code-breakers of Bletchley Park is now a well-established part of our national narrative of the Second World War.

What about Pope Joan?

What about Pope Joan?

Sadly, pope Joan – lovely idea though she is – is entirely fictional. According to legend, after the death of Pope Leo IV in 855 (some sources say after Pope Victor III in 1087) a pope was elected, who took the title John Anglicus. His reign was to be so short, however, as during an Easter procession between St Peter’s and the Lateran palace an excitable crowd pushed him from his horse.

Making the Virgin Queen

Making the Virgin Queen

Elizabeth I of England gained iconic status as the Virgin Queen. By refusing to bow to convention and take a husband who might rule for her, she carved out a role as one of the most formidable monarchs that England had ever seen. While this may have been a conscious political decision on Elizabeth’s part, she had been profoundly influenced by the experiences of her female relations and rivals.