American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A dynasty of French kings (987-1328), including Hugh Capet (940?-996), who was elected king in 987, thereby permanently removing the Carolingians from power, and ruled until his death. The expansion of territory and centralization of power under the Capets began the movement toward a unified France.
- n. King of France elected in 987 and founding the Capetian dynasty (940-996)
“HUGH (called Capet, for the cloak he wore as abbot of St. Martin de Tours).”
“On the death of Hugh the Great, his son Hugh, known as Capet, succeeded him (956).”
“[Footnote 39: The surname Capet is said to have originated in the”
“Known as Citizen Capet in the last months of his life, he was guillotined on charges of counterrevolution in the Place de la Révolution in Paris on 21 January 1793.”
““Robert of Paris, a haughty barbarian,” with the “Robert called the Strong,” mentioned as an ancestor of Hugh Capet.”
“There are several hypotheses upon this subject, deriving the well-known Hugh Capet, first, from the family of Saxony; secondly, from St. Arnoul, afterwards Bishop of Altex; third, from”
“He was a successor, it has been conceived, of the Counts of Paris, by whom the city was valiantly defended against the Normans, and an ancestor of Hugh Capet.”
“His father was Louis VIII, of the Capet line, and his mother was the redoubtable Queen Blanche, daughter of King Alfonso of Castile and Eleanor of England.”
“When the venerable Bailly was brought forward, who formerly so often predicted to the Court the calamities which its imprudence must produce, he appeared painfully affected; and when he was asked if he knew the wife of Capet, "Yes," said he, bowing respectfully, "I have known Madame.”
“And yes, the Volais and Bourbon and Orleans lines could be thought of as Capetian as they did all descend from Hugh but the scheming and divisivness of the interfamial diputes make it perhaps better to consider them as seperate houses descended from the Capet house.”
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