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Lotharingia named the lands originally awarded to Lothair, King of Lotharingia (reigned 855 - 869) and named after him. These lands, the northern component of the territories of King Lothair's father, the emperor Lothair as at 843, comprised (broadly speaking) the Netherlands and Lorraine (the Rhine valley). Soon subdivided, and long the source of territorial contention between French and German super-states, Lotharingia survives today principally in the name derived from it: Lorraine.

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