Charles III (Carolingian) de France

Charles (Carolingian) de France (0879 - 0929)

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Charles (Charles III) "King of Western Francia, le Simple" de France formerly Carolingian
Born in Péronne, Somme, Picardie, Francemap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Murdered in Tower of Peronne, Somme, Francemap
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Charles III "le Simple" (17 Sep 879 posthumously - 07 Oct 929 Péronne).[4]

bur. monastère de Saint-Fursy, Péronne.[5]



Charles "the Straightforward," of Carolingian dynasty was,"the third and posthumous son of Louis the Stammerer by his second wife, Adelaide of Paris," (Wikipedia, 2011).

He styled himself, "rex francorum" and later "rex franciæ." ... But his reign was not successful. According to Floddard, he was captured and imprisoned in 923. Thietmar of Merseburg, claims that Heinrich I King of Germany secured his release from prison at the end of his life.[6]

Charles had 11 children with two wives and other unidentified mistress(es), (Cawley, 2006).

His second wife Eadgifu of Wessex, fled to England in 923 but returned to France in 936, where she was the Abbess of Notre Dame de Laon until 951, when she married Heribert III "le Viex" de Vermandois, Comte le Viex, (Cawley, 2006).[7][1]


  • 28 Jan 893 Reims: King of the West Franks (coronation).[8]
  • 01 Nov 911: King of Lotharingia.[9]


  • Father: Louis II "le Begue", King of the West Franks
  • Mother: Adelais


m.1 (01/08 Apr 907) Frederuna. Issue:[10]

1. ERMENTRUDE ([908/16]-). [m (before [934]) GOTTFRIED Graf im Jülichgau, son of Graf GERHARD [Matfride] & his wife Oda [Ottonen] (-26 Mar after 949).]
2. FREDERUNA ([908/16]-).
3. ADELAIS ([908/16]-). [m [920/24]) RAOUL [I] Comte de Gouy, son of HUCBERT Comte [d'Ostrevant] & his wife Heilwig [of Friulia] (-926).]
4. GISELA ([908/16]-). m ([912]) as his third wife, ROLLO of Normandy, later known as ROBERT I Comte [de Normandie], son of [RAGNVALD "the Wise" Jarl of Möre in Norway & his wife Ragnhild] ([846]-[928]).
5. ROTRUDE ([908/16]-).
6. HILDEGARDE ([908/16]-).

m.2 Eadgifu of Wessex (902/5 -26 Sep after 951; bur. Abbaye de Saint-Médard de Soissons), Abbess of Notre Dame de Laon.[11][1] Issue: 1.[12]

  • 7. Louis (10 Sep 920/10 Sep 921 - 10 Sep 954 Reims; bur Reims, Abbaye de Saint-Rémi), succeeded in 936 as Louis IV "d’Outremer," King of the Franks.


Mistress(es) UNKNOWN. Issue:[13]

10. RORICO (-20 Dec 976, bur Laon Saint-Vincent). Elected Bishop of Laon 949.
11. ALPAIS . m ERLEBOLD Comte de Castres, son of --- (-killed in battle 921).


Primary Sources:

  • Flodoard of Reims. Flodoardi Chronicon (Reims : Regnier, 1855) Recorded death in 929 at Peronne.
  • Thietmar of Merseburg

Secondary Sources

  • Cawley, C. (2006). Medieval Lands v.4.[14]

Citations and Notes...

  1. 1.0 1.1 William of Malmsbury calls her "Edgiva."[1]
    According to Floddard, Eadgifu remarried to Heribert III "le Viex" de Vermandois, Comte le Viex in 951.[2][3];
    See also: Wikipedia: Eadgifu of Wessex citing Dunbabin, (1999).

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On 5 Apr 2018 at 09:20 GMT Rod Carty wrote:

Additional source

Genealogical Tables of the Sovereigns of the World by Rev. William Betham pub. 1795

page 140 Table CCL 250 Kings of France

29 Charles Simplex, 923

On 19 Jun 2017 at 22:23 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Clean-up with contemporary sources and fixed name fields according to standards. See his alleged descendants for 'de Coursey' (apparently it's coming from an unknown/unproven child (named Charles -- which explains the mystery of Wigelus down the line) of second wife Eadgifu.[1][2] But according to Cawley (2006), she only had one known child: Louis.[3] PS: see changes for family trees.

On 12 Oct 2015 at 12:26 GMT Steve (Vander Leest) VanderLeest wrote:

John: His third son was born in Courcy and was called Charles of Courcy according to I suspect that middle name was mistakenly attached here. I'm going to move it to other nicknames for now. If others want to weigh in, we could remove it entirely.

On 12 Oct 2015 at 06:59 GMT John Atkinson wrote:

Does anyone know why he has 'de Courcy' as a middle name or what source this is based on? It doesn't appear in any reliable source I have seen

On 18 Dec 2013 at 21:43 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Please change privacy level to Open, since he was born about year 870. Thanks Bob Fields, Arborist.

On 28 Feb 2011 at 16:21 GMT Krissi (Hubbard) Love wrote:

Known as "Charles the Simple".

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