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Of or relating to the French dynasty founded by Hugh Capet.
A member of this dynasty.


(Historical Terms) a member of the dynasty founded by Hugh Capet, which ruled France from 987–1328 ad
(Historical Terms) of or relating to the Capetian kings or their rule


(kəˈpi ʃən)

1. of or pertaining to the French dynasty that ruled France A.D. 987–1328.
2. a member of this dynasty.
[1830–40; < French capétien, after Hugh Capet]
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Noun1.Capetian - a member of the Capetian dynastyCapetian - a member of the Capetian dynasty  
Capetian dynasty - a Frankish dynasty founded by Hugh Capet that ruled from 987 to 1328
crowned head, monarch, sovereign - a nation's ruler or head of state usually by hereditary right
Adj.1.Capetian - of or relating to the French dynasty founded by Hugh Capet
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1223-26), the heir to the Capetian realms, was prodigiously talented, energetic, and deeply influential, and she is known for her tireless work in governing the realm for and with her son, the more famous King Louis IX (b.
There is no English biography of French King Louis (1120-80), who is often overlooked as a dull spot in the otherwise colorful Capetian dynasty.
The older Frankish history of the French monarchy is generally divided into three dynasties: the Merovingian (476-751), the Carolingian (751-987), and the Capetian (987-1328).
In France, by contrast, the crown invariably passed from deceased kings to their eldest paternal relatives and the reigning Capetian dynasty never faced extinction.
Monarchies, including the Capetian dynasty in France, were overthrown, and other reforms that allegedly broke with Europe's feudal, aristocratic past were instituted.
The gothic style emerged at the time of the consolidation of the kingdom of France during the reign of the Capetian dynasty (987-1316).
(12) When the last Capetian king, Charles IV, died in 1328, he was succeeded by his cousin Philip of Valois.
Turning (European history, Arizona State U.) explores how as the French region of Languedoc came to be absorbed into the medieval Capetian kingdom in the wake of the Albigensian Crusade municipal, royal, and ecclesiastical officials struggled for jurisdiction over the population of the city of Toulouse, as well as how urban populations themselves engaged in these contestations through protests, revolts, and public engagement with the legal system, thereby playing a key role in the formation of the political and judicial structures of the 13th and 14th centuries.
Rather than confront the all-too-fresh ignominies of military surrender, German occupation, and French collaboration, the self-professed royalist appeals time and again to the France of the Capetian kings and their inaugural triumph over the German emperor Otto IV.