The Capetians: The History of a Dynasty
Following the demise of the Carolingian dynasty in 987 the French lords chose Hugh Capet as their king. He was the founder of a dynasty that lasted until 1328. Although for much of this time, the French kings were weak, and the kingdom of France was much smaller than it later became, the Capetians nevertheless had considerable achievements and also produced outstanding rulers, including Philip Augustus and St Louis. This wide-ranging book throws fascinating light on the history of Medieval France and the development of European monarchy.
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Cracking read. Knows a lot about France.
Review: The Capetians: Kings of France, 987-1328User Review - Simon Jones - Goodreads
Interesting to see things from the French perspective for historical events which are familiar from an English one, in particular the Angevin period and Third Crusade. Enjoyed it - leads nicely into the 100 years war. Read full review
1 Carolingian Francia
2 The rise of the Robertians
3 The new principalities 8001000
4 The first Capetian kings 9871031
5 Successful failures 10311108
6 The Fat and the Young 110880
7 Philip the Great
8 King and Saint Louis IX 122670