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King Robert I of West Francia

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King Robert I of West Francia Famous memorial

Birth
Angers, Departement de Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France
Death
15 Jun 923 (aged 56)
Soissons, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Burial
Sens, Departement de l'Yonne, Bourgogne, France
Memorial ID
237098882 View Source

French Monarch. He was the King of West Francia, an early forerunner of the Kingdom of France, from June 29, 922 until his death in battle on June 15, 923, replacing the deposed Carolingian, King Charles III. He was the paternal grandfather of Hugh Capet, King of the Franks, the founder and the first king of the House of Capet that ruled France from 987 until 1328 in a direct line and by succeeding cadet branches of the family (Valois, Bourbon, and Bourbon-Orléans) until the abdication of Louis Philippe, King of the French, on February 24, 1848, with the exception of the interregnum resulting from the French Revolution, the Consulate, and the Napoleonic Empire. King Felipe VI of Spain and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg both descend in the direct male line from King Robert I through his grandson, Hugh Capet. Robert was the posthumous son of Robert the Strong, Count of Anjou, and his wife, Adelaide of Tours. His second wife, Beatrice of Vermandois, was a descendant of the Carolingian dynasty, stemming from Charlemagne, King of the Franks and the first Holy Roman Emperor. Initially a supporter of King Charles III, Robert rebelled against him in response to the king's unpopular favoritism directed toward a minor nobleman, Hagano. Charles was deposed and Robert was crowned King of West Francia on June 29, 922 at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims. His accession to the throne was subsequently challenged by Rollo, Duke of Normandy, a Viking who owed his lands and position to Charles III. Rollo and the deposed Charles III confronted Robert I at the Battle of Soissons on June 15, 923. Robert was killed in the battle, but his army was victorious, taking Charles III as a prisoner. King Robert I was succeeded by his son-in-law, Rudolph, Duke of Burgundy.

French Monarch. He was the King of West Francia, an early forerunner of the Kingdom of France, from June 29, 922 until his death in battle on June 15, 923, replacing the deposed Carolingian, King Charles III. He was the paternal grandfather of Hugh Capet, King of the Franks, the founder and the first king of the House of Capet that ruled France from 987 until 1328 in a direct line and by succeeding cadet branches of the family (Valois, Bourbon, and Bourbon-Orléans) until the abdication of Louis Philippe, King of the French, on February 24, 1848, with the exception of the interregnum resulting from the French Revolution, the Consulate, and the Napoleonic Empire. King Felipe VI of Spain and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg both descend in the direct male line from King Robert I through his grandson, Hugh Capet. Robert was the posthumous son of Robert the Strong, Count of Anjou, and his wife, Adelaide of Tours. His second wife, Beatrice of Vermandois, was a descendant of the Carolingian dynasty, stemming from Charlemagne, King of the Franks and the first Holy Roman Emperor. Initially a supporter of King Charles III, Robert rebelled against him in response to the king's unpopular favoritism directed toward a minor nobleman, Hagano. Charles was deposed and Robert was crowned King of West Francia on June 29, 922 at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims. His accession to the throne was subsequently challenged by Rollo, Duke of Normandy, a Viking who owed his lands and position to Charles III. Rollo and the deposed Charles III confronted Robert I at the Battle of Soissons on June 15, 923. Robert was killed in the battle, but his army was victorious, taking Charles III as a prisoner. King Robert I was succeeded by his son-in-law, Rudolph, Duke of Burgundy.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: CMWJR
  • Added: 27 Feb 2022
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 237098882
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/237098882/robert-i-of_west_francia: accessed ), memorial page for King Robert I of West Francia (15 Aug 866–15 Jun 923), Find a Grave Memorial ID 237098882, citing Abbey de Sainte Colombe de Sens, Sens, Departement de l'Yonne, Bourgogne, France; Maintained by Find a Grave.