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Hugh Capet

940 - 996

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Hugh Capet (; French: Hugues Capet [yɡ kapɛ]; c. 939 – 14 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hugh Capet has received more than 1,512,052 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Hugh Capet is the 303rd most popular politician (down from 299th in 2019), the 121st most popular biography from France (up from 140th in 2019) and the 31st most popular French Politician.

Hugh Capet is most famous for being the first King of France. He was the first ruler of the Capetian dynasty, which ruled France from 987 to 1328.

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Among politicians, Hugh Capet ranks 303 out of 15,577Before him are Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, Scipio Africanus, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, Cardinal Mazarin, Raúl Castro, and Sulla. After him are Jacques Chirac, Croesus, Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor, Solon, Louis XVIII of France, and Sargon of Akkad.

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Among people born in 940, Hugh Capet ranks 1After him are Ferdowsi, Abu al-Wafa' Buzjani, Mieszko I of Poland, Eadwig, Géza, Grand Prince of the Hungarians, Leopold I, Margrave of Austria, Doubravka of Bohemia, Henry III, Duke of Bavaria, Baldwin III, Count of Flanders, Abu-Mahmud Khojandi, and Abū Sahl al-Qūhī. Among people deceased in 996, Hugh Capet ranks 1After him are Pope John XV, Richard I of Normandy, Al-Aziz Billah, Stephen Držislav of Croatia, and Odo I, Count of Blois.

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Among people born in France, Hugh Capet ranks 121 out of 6,011Before him are Saint Sebastian (300), Rudolf Diesel (1858), Marcel Duchamp (1887), Jacques Lacan (1901), François Rabelais (1494), and Charles XIV John of Sweden (1763). After him are Jacques Chirac (1932), Louis XVIII of France (1755), Camille Saint-Saëns (1835), Henri Poincaré (1854), Nicolas Poussin (1594), and Luc Montagnier (1932).


Among politicians born in France, Hugh Capet ranks 31Before him are Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor (1708), Louis XVII of France (1785), Charles VII of France (1403), Philippe Pétain (1856), Georges Danton (1759), and Philip II of France (1165). After him are Jacques Chirac (1932), Louis XVIII of France (1755), Charles VI of France (1368), Godfrey of Bouillon (1060), Louis XII of France (1462), and Charles VIII of France (1470).