East Francia (Medieval Latin: Francia orientalis) or the Kingdom of the East Franks (Regnum Francorum orientalium) was a successor state of Charlemagne's empire ruled by the Carolingian dynasty until 911. It was created through the Treaty of Verdun (843) which divided the former empire into three kingdoms.
Kingdom of the East Franks
|Capital||Various, including Frankfurt and Ratisbon (Regensburg)|
|Common languages||Old High German|
Old Low German
limited use of Old Franconian and Latin in official and church matters; vassal territories also used Slavic and various other languages
|Religion||Catholic Church |
|King of the Franks|
|Louis the German (first)|
• 936–962 (title held until his death in 973)
|Otto the Great|
|Historical era||Middle Ages|
|Today part of||Austria|
|History of Germany|
The east–west division, enforced by the Germanic-Latin language split, "gradually hardened into the establishment of separate kingdoms", with East Francia becoming the Kingdom of Germany and West Francia the Kingdom of France.