Capetian dynasty, ruling house of france from 987 to 1328, during the feudal period of the middle ages by extending and consolidating their power, the capetian kings laid the foundation of the french nation-state. Well written (though translated from the french) introduction to the capetian kings of france appears on cantors 150 list of books about the middle ages interesting to see how the practice of diplomacy, not the use of force, was critical in establishing the territorial boundaries of the french nation.
The capetian kings of france is primarily an introductory book for those beginning the serious study of medieval french history as such, it is unique in that it rejects the traditional narrative approach of all its predecessors in favour of a searching analysis of each aspect of capetian rule in turn. The fourteen capetian kings produced the founders of or heirs to most of the duchies and counties of france, so this well-written but nontechnical work in fact covers a lot of territory royal and noble marriages being political events, a fair amount of meaty genealogy appears throughout (and with the advantage of context. Capetian dynasty hugh capet is generally considered the first king of france but it took him and his descendants to fight and expand, and fight and survive, to begin to turn a small kingdom into the great france.
During most of its history, france was ruled by kings four carolingian monarchs were also roman emperors and the bonapartes were emperors of the french this article lists all rulers to have held the title king of franks, king of france, king of the french or emperor of the french. During the short time when the french constitution of 1791 was in effect (1791–1792) and after the july revolution in 1830, the style king of the french was used instead of king of france (and navarre).
Early capetian kings the first capetian monarch was hugh capet (c940–996), a frankish nobleman from the île-de-france, who, following the death of louis v of france (c967–987) – the last carolingian king – secured the throne of france by election. The text is complete it fleshes out the importance, or lack thereof, of each capetian, reign by reign, king by king, covering such topics of inquiry as ‘the king and his realm’, ‘royal administration’ and ‘the king and the church’ bradbury explains the complicated kinships of the royal and noble families.
Bradbury believes that the first two capetian kings, hugh (987–96) and robert ii (996–1031), were not as weak as many historians have depicted them (p 95) their kingdom continued to grow in wealth and power, and they controlled many major dioceses as well as abbeys.
The house of capet or the direct capetians (french: capétiens directs, maison capétienne), also called the house of france (la maison de france), or simply the capets, ruled the kingdom of france from 987 to 1328. The capetian dynasty (/ k ə ˈ p iː ʃ ən /), also known as the house of france, is a dynasty of frankish origin, founded by hugh capet it is among the largest and oldest royal houses in europe and the world, and consists of hugh capet's male-line descendants.