Hugh Capet 938-996
Hugh was the first of the Capetian
family to become ruler and king of France 987 - 996.
Hugh's nickname Capet meant
Cape in English. So we know what kind of garb the man
preferred: Flashy. But not too much so.
Hugh Capet's father was Hugh the Great, a
When Hugh Jr inherited in 956, he was
ready to topple king
Lothar. But Lothar died and his son
Louis V started his term.
Luckily for Capet, Louis V died too and childless at that. The nobles elected Hugh Capet king.
In 970, Hugh Capet married Adelaide, daughter of William III,
There was one incident involving Charles I
of Lower Lorraine, who claimed to be the rightful heir. He was imprisoned for that very reason in 991.
When Hugh died in 996, his son Robert
succeeded to the throne.