Hugues CAPET, King of France
- Born: Abt 940, Paris, Île-de-France, France
- Married (1): Abt 968
- Died: 24 Oct 996, Villa "Les Juifs, " near Prasville, Eure-et-Loire, France
- Buried: église de l'abbaye royale de Saint-Denis, Aude, France
The Historia Francorum Senonensis names (in order) "Hugo, Otto et Heinricus" as the three sons of "Hugo Magnus dux Francorum…ex filia Odonis regis". Flodoard names "Hugonem et Oddonem clericum" as brothers of "Otto filius Hugonis", when he records that the rectores of Burgundy named them as his successors. Rodulfus Glauber names "Hugoni, Parisiensis ducis filio…illius Magni Hugonis", specifying that his mother was "Ottone…sorore". His father named Richard Comte [de Normandie] as Hugues's guardian in 956, the arrangement being confirmed by Richard's betrothal to the sister of Hugues. The Annales Nivernenses record in 958 that "rex et mater sua et Ugo filius Ugonis et mater sua" attended a hearing "apud Marziacum vicum iuxta Nevernis…contra Guillelmum comitem Aquitaniæ post missa sancti Martini".
He was installed as Duc des Francs/dux Francorum by Lothaire King of the West Franks in 960. By 974, Hugues had become effective leader of France under King Lothaire, and headed the army which retook the kingdom of Lotharingia from Otto II King of Germany in 978. He was elected HUGUES "Capet" King of France by an assembly of nobles at Senlis 29 May 987, after the death of Louis V King of France. He was consecrated at Noyon 1 Jun 987. Charles Duke of Lotharingia, the late king's uncle, opposed the accession of King Hugues. He captured Laon in [May] 988, and Reims in [Aug/Sep] 989, with the help of his nephew Arnoul Archbishop of Reims, but was finally captured at Laon in 991.
The Historia Francorum Senonensis records the death in 998 of "Hugo rex" and his burial "in basilica beati Dyonisii martiris Parisius". The necrology of the abbey of Saint-Denis records the death "IX Kal Nov" of "Hugo rex". 1
Hugues married Adelais DE POITOU, daughter of Duc Guillaume III D' AQUITAINE "Tête d'Etoupes", and Gerloc (Adela) DE NORMANDIE, Comtesse de Poitou, about 968. (Adelais DE POITOU was born between 950 and 955 in Germany and died on 15 Jun 1004.)