Hugh Capet  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Hugh Capet (Capet is a byname of uncertain meaning distinguishing him from his father Hugh the Great. Folk etymology connects it with "cape", other suggested etymologies derive it from terms for chief, mocker or big head. His father's byname is presumed to have been retrospective, meaning Hugh the Elder, this Hugh being Hugh the Younger, Capet being a 12th century addition; James, p. 183.)(c. 939 – 24 October 996), called in contemporary sources "Hugh the Great" was the first King of France of the eponymous Capetian dynasty from his election to succeed the Carolingian Louis V in 987 until his death.

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