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Biography of Hugh Capet


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Capet, Hugh (ka'pa). Founder of the third, or Capetian dynasty of French monarchs. As Count of Paris, on the death of Louis V (last of the Carlovingians), Capet usurped the throne, in possession of which he was confirmed by a confederacy of nobles. The Capet family has given 119 sovereigns to Europe: 36 kings to France, 22 to Portugal, five to Spain, 11 to Naples and Sicily, three to Hungary, and three to Navarre; three emperors to the East; 17 dukes to Burgundy, 13 to Brittany, two to Lorraine, and four to Parma. Died about A.D. 996.