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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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This was obviously an attempt to draw a line of succession between the Merovingians and the Capetians, in this case Louis IX the Saint.
In a poetic mode, he continues, "Whether we speak of the Capetians, of Joan of Arc, Louis IX, Henry IV, Richelieu, the Convention, or Napoleon, we are referring to one and the same thing, an active symbol of our national identity and unity.
The longest dynastic tradition was the French, the Capetians ruling without major interruptions from 987 to 1791.
The Christianization of the Vikings, the Carolingian link with the Church and the political legitimacy shared between the Capetians and the Vatican can be seen as analogous to the relationship between the Roman government, the Roman people and the Roman Catholic Church.
Mundill, England's Jewish Solution: Experiment and Expulsion, 1262-1290 (1998; Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University, 2002); William Chester Jordan, The French Monarchy and the Jews: From Philip Augustus to the Last Capetians (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1989) 214-38; Joseph P6rez, History of a Tragedy: The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain, trans.
It is a model of comparative history, and offers historians of late medieval France important new ways of thinking about the reigns of the later Capetians.
They resonate with Saint-Pathus' Vie et miracles de Saint Louis, interweaving history and hagiography, and through patronage and bequest, associate Charles dynastically with the last Capetians through visual references to Jeanne d'Evreux's book of hours.
To guide us through the labyrinth we rely, first, on Salo Baron's magisterial Social and Religious History of the Jews, volumes IX to XI, that deal with the Late Middle Ages and Era of European Expansion (1200-1650), and on two major works by William Chester Jordan, professor at Princeton, a ranking medievalist of our time: The French Monarchy and the Jews: From Philip Augustus to the Last Capetians (1989) and Ideology and Royal Power in Medieval France: Kingship, Crusades and the Jews (2001).
LoPrete portrays Adela as particularly adept at balancing her family's alliance with the Anglo-Normans (especially after the ascension of her brother Henry to the English throne) while continuing to maintain good relations with the Capetians.
Her biographer, Agnes of Harcourt, came from an illustrious Norman noble family favored by the thirteenth- and early-fourteenth-century Capetians.
And why were there no eunuchs at the courts of the Capetians, Tudors, Habsburgs, or Hohenzollerns?