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Hugh Capet, son of Hugh the Great, was king of France from 987-996. He was the first of the Capetians, the royal house that ruled France until 1328. After the death of the Carolingian king of France, the nobles and prelates elected him king, setting aside the Carolingian claimant, Charles I; Hugh spent much of his reign fighting Charles. He later became involved in a controversy with the papacy over the deposition of the Carolingian archbishop of Reims.

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