King Hugh Capet and Queen Adelaide of Aquitaine

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Jan 9, 2013
Hugh Capet (c. 940 – 24 October 996) was the King of the Franks from 987 to 996. He is the founder of and first king from the House of Capet. The son of the powerful duke Hugh the Great and his wife Hedwige of Saxony, he was elected as the successor of the last Carolingian king, Louis V. Hugh was descended from Charlemagne's son Pepin of Italy through his mother and paternal grandmother, respectively, and was also a nephew of Otto the Great.

The dynasty he founded ruled France for nearly nine centuries: from 987 to 1328 in the senior line, and until 1848 via cadet branches (with an interruption from 1792 to 1814 and briefly in 1815).

King of the Franks:
1 June 987 – 24 October 996
Coronation: 1 June 987, Noyon, 3 July 987, Paris
Predecessor: Louis V
Successor: Robert II
Born: c. 940, Paris, West Francia
Died: 24 October 996 (aged ~56)
Paris, France
Burial: Saint Denis Basilica, Saint-Denis, France
Spouse: Adelaide of Aquitaine (m. 969)
  • Hedwig, Countess of Mons
  • Gisèle, Countess of Ponthieu
  • Robert II, King of the Franks
House: Robertian dynasty
Capet (founder)
Father: Hugh the Great
Mother: Hedwige Liudolfing

Adbelahide, Adele, Adela or Adelaide of Aquitaine (also known as Adelaide of Poitiers; c. 945 or 952 – 1004), was Queen of France by marriage to Hugh Capet, King of the Franks (c. 939 – 14 October 996). Adelaide and Hugh were the founders of the Capetian dynasty of France, which would rule France until the 18th and 19th centuries. As queen consort, Adelaide had some extent of influence over her husband's governance of France. Adelaide is typically only briefly mentioned in connection to her husband, Hugh, and her son Robert II.
More information: Adelaide of Aquitaine - Wikipedia

Queen consort of the Franks:
Born: c. 945/952
Died: 1004
Spouse: Hugh Capet (m. 969; died 996)
  • Hedwig, Countess of Mons
  • Robert II of France
  • Gisèle, Countess of Ponthieu
House: Poitiers
Father: William III of Aquitaine
Mother: Adele of Normandy
The now destroyed tombs of Eudes and Hugues Capet at Saint-Denis,sadly these were among the first tombs destroyed in 1793 during the Terror.
Nothing was salvaged or remained following the first wave of disgraceful vandalism at St Denis
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