Hugh Capet

Hugh Capet

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Hugues (Hugh) "King of France" Capet aka Robertian, de France
Born about in Paris, Seine, Francemap
Husband of — married in Paris, Seine, Francemap
Died in Paris, Francemap
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Categories: Capetian Dynasty | Robertian Dynasty | House of Capet.

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Hugh Capet

  • Coronation: 03 Jul 987 Noyons[1][6]
  • Duke of France: 956 - 987
  • kingdom included: present day France except Brittany and Aquitaine.


Hugh Capet[7]
b. abt mid-10th century[6] (unproven) Laon[8]
d 24 Oct 996[6] "les-Juifs", Prasville, Eure-et-Loire, France.[9]
Burial: 996 Saint Denis Basilique[10][11]

Early Life

p. Hugh the Great and Hedwige of Saxony (c.910-c.965).[12]


m. 970 Adelaide of Aquitaine a.k.a. Adelaide of Poitiers.[13] Issue:[14][6]
  • 1. GISELA de France (b. 970). m anti. 987 HUGUES[15]
  • 2. HEDWIGE [Avoie] de France (969 - aft 1013).[16] m. 996 REGINAR IV Comte de Hainaut[17]
  • 3. ROBERT de France (Orléans ([27 Mar] 972-Château de Melun 20 Jul 1031, bur église de l'Abbaye royale de Saint-Denis).[18]
mistress. ilegimate issue:[19]
  • 4. GAUZLIN (d.1030).[20]
Unknown. The precise relationship between the following person and the family of the Capetian kings has not been established. It is possible that he was related through the wife of King Hugues Capet.
  • 1. INGO (d.29 Jan 1026). Succeeded as abbot of “sancti Petri Vivi” in 1015.


  • devoted to church; interested in clerical reform and in participating in church ceremonies.
  • "Because of its political importance he wished to retain effective direction over the Abbey of St. Martin of Tours"[6][21]



  1. 1.0 1.1
    crowned at Noyon, Picardie ... first of Capetian dynasty to rule France.
  2. Christian Settipani & Patrick van Kerrebrouck, La Prehistoire des Capetiens 481-987, Premiere partie: Merovingians, Carolingians et Robertiens (Villeneuve d'Ascq: Editions Christian, 1993), pg. 415.
  3. Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America, Vol. 1, p. 358: succeeded his father's numerous fiefs in 956, thus becoming one of the most powerful feudatories of France. He supported his cousin Lothaire in a war against Otto II of Germany. When the son of Lothaire (Louis V) died, Hugh Capet was proclaimed King of the Franks in 987. He was the first to use the Capet surname; he ruled France from 987-986.
  4. He succeeded the last of the Carolingians to rule, Louis "do-Nothing." He ascended to the throne of France in May 987. He was crowned by Adalbero, Archbishop of Reims, on 3 July 987 in Noyon, France. [Encyclopaedea Britannica and Joy Law, Fleur de Lys, The Kings and Queens of France (90 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3PT: Hamish Hamilton Ltd, 1976), pg. 27] .... "proclaimed 1 July, and consecrated 5 July" and Christian Settipani & Patrick van Kerrebrouck, La Prehistoire des Capetiens 481-987, Premiere partie: Merovingians, Carolingians et Robertiens (Villeneuve d'Ascq: Editions Christian, 1993), pg. 415].
  5. challenged by barons on his election as King; one in particular, the Count of Périgord, who raised an army and attacked him after 5 July 987 [Joy Law, Fleur de Lys, The Kings and Queens of France (90 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3PT: Hamish Hamilton Ltd, 1976), pg. 28].
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4
  7. Capet is a byname of uncertain meaning distinguishing him from his father Hugh the Great. Folk etymology connects it with cape, other suggested etymologies derive it from terms for chief, mocker or big head. See further fr: Capet (nom). His father's byname is presumed to have been retrospective, Latin: Hugo Magnus, meaning Hugh the Elder, this Hugh being Hugh the Younger, Capet being a 12th century addition; James, p. 183.
  8. It could be that Hugh Capet was born in Laon, but nothing confirms this, and he could have been born in another location (such as somewhere within Eastern Franconia - his father Hugh the Great's ally at the time).
  9. Cause according to Richer, monk at St. Remigus: "covered in spots [possibly smallpox] at his château in the hands of Jews [probably his doctors]." He ruled f 9 year, and 4 months [Christian Settipani & Patrick van Kerrebrouck, La Prehistoire des Capetiens 481-987, Premiere partie: Merovingians, Carolingians et Robertiens (Villeneuve d'Ascq: Editions Christian, 1993), pg. 415 and Joy Law, Fleur de Lys, The Kings and Queens of France (90 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3PT: Hamish Hamilton Ltd, 1976), pg. 27].
  11. Bordenove, Georges. Les Rois qui ont fait la France: Hugues Capet, le Fondateur. Paris: Marabout, 1986. ISBN 2-501-01099-X
    Gauvard, Claude. La France au Moyen Âge du Ve au XVe siècle. Paris: PUF, 1996. 2-13-054205-0
    James, Edward. The Origins of France: From Clovis to the Capetians 500-1000. London: Macmillan, 1982. ISBN 0312588623
    Riché, Pierre. Les Carolingiens: Une famille qui fit l'Europe. Paris: Hachette, 1983. 2-012-78551-0
    Theis, Laurent. Histoire du Moyen Âge français: Chronologie commentée 486-1453. Paris: Perrin, 1992. 2-87027-587-0
    Lewis, Anthony W. "Anticipatory Association of the Heir in Early Capetian France." The American Historical Review, Vol. 83, No. 4. (Oct., 1978), pp 906-927.
    1. Americans of Royal Desc, Los Angeles Lib.
    2. George: gen tables #22
    3. Encyclopedia, Hugh Capet II
    4. Adjusted by Wells F. Collett, 69 South 400 East, Kaysville, Utah,
    2 Feb 1968
    5. Falaise Roll, Tab 1 (GS #942 D2c)
    6. Tab Sou Gen France pt 1, Tab V (GS #944 D22g)
    7. Anderson's Royal Gen, Tab CCLXXII (GS #Q929.2 An 23r)
    8. Plantagenet Ancestry p. 13, 14, 19 (GS #Q940 D2t)
    9. Keiser und Koenig p. 96 (GS #Q940 D22L)
    10. Americans of Royal Desc p. 452 (GS #Ref 973 D2ba)
    11. Southworth Gen Southworth Ped (GS #929.273 So89w)
    12. Bethamis Gen Tab. Tab CCLIV, DLXXII (GS #Q292.2 B465a)
    13. Wurts' Magna Charta vol 1-2 p. 212, vol 5 p. 1155, vol 6 p. 1753
    (GS #942 D22w) vol 3 p. 420
    LDS Family History Library, ancestral file #9G85-M2,
    "Stimpson Family" Cory Stimpson at AWTP
  12. descent and relationships of Hugh: see genealogical tables in Riché, Les Carolingiens, pp. 399 ff.
  13. Wikipedia: Adelaide of Aquitaine; p. William III, Duke of Aquitaine and Adele of Normandy, daughter of Rollo of Normandy.
  14. Medieval Lands.
  15. -- son of -- (-4 Jul). Hugues Capet King of France separated Abbeville, Ancre and Domart from the Abbaye de Saint-Riquier and gave them to Hugues, who was known as the avoué de Saint-Riquier. These territories became the foundation of the county of Ponthieu.
  16. Her brother gave her the towns of Couvin, Fraisne, Nîme, Eve and Bens [all now in Belgium] as her dowry on her marriage.
  17. p. REGINAR III Graf im Maasgau & his wife Adela [von Dachsburg] (after 947-1013).
  18. consecrated Associate-King 25 Dec 987, Cathedral of Sainte-Croix d’Orléans. He succeeded his father in 996 as ROBERT II "le Pieux" King of France.
  19. 1 possible illegitimate son
  20. Ademar refers to "abbatem Gauzlenum" being ordained at "sancti Benedicti" by "Rex Rotbertus". The text continues by explaining that he was "nobilissimi Francorum principis filius manzer, a puero in monasterio sancti Benedicti nutritus", specifying that "rex supra scriptus [=Rotbertus]" later installed him as "archiepiscopum Bituricensibus" after the death of Archbishop Dagbert. These oblique references have been interpreted as meaning that the father of Gauzlin was King Hugues "Capet", although this is not beyond doubt. Kerrebrouck also casts doubt on this assumed paternity of Gauzlin. Archbishop of Bourges. Abbé de Fleury, Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire.]
  21. Lay-Abbot of St. Martin's in Tours, between 956 and 987. He joined the dignity of Abbot of St-Martin with the Crown of France in perpetuity in 987 [Transcribed by Douglas J. Potter The Catholic Encyclopedia, I-XIV (New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908-1912), XV:Archdiocese of Tours].

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On October 7, 2014 at 11:32GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Capet-73 and Capet-57 appear to represent the same person because: Please merge if duplicate.

On September 3, 2014 at 03:42GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Capet, Roi des Francs-1 and Capet-57 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth/death dates, same wife. Merge into PPP profile Capet-57. Thanks.

On February 12, 2014 at 00:25GMT Vic Watt wrote:

I have drastically cut this biography, eliminating multiple copies of the Wikipedia article and erroneous information about Hughes de Vermandois. It still isn't perfect, but it is now about 1/5 the size it was originally. I think I got all the sources in the right places. There are still too many kids, as he only had 3 legitimate, one probably illegit., and an another with unknown connections. I'll work on that next.

On October 27, 2013 at 20:43GMT Anonymous Anonymous wrote:

I just linked PPP Capet-41 as a son. He's mentioned in the biography several times, and each link redirects to Capet-41.

Hope you don't mind me doing this without asking.

On February 20, 2012 at 15:11GMT Roger Travis wrote:

This is a final profile, as determined by the European Aristocracy user-group. Any merges will go INTO this profile. See for details.

On March 7, 2011 at 21:54GMT Krissi Love wrote:

Known as "Capet".

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