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Charles the Simple

Charles the SimpleAKA Charles

Born: 17-Sep-879 AD
Died: 7-Oct-929 AD
Location of death: Péronne, Somme, France
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, L'abbaye de St-Fursy, Péronne, Somme, France

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Royalty

Nationality: France
Executive summary: King of France, 898-922

Charles III, King of France, called Charles the Simple, was a posthumous son of Louis the Stammerer and of his second wife Adelaide. On the deposition of Charles the Fat in 887 he was excluded from the throne by his youth; but during the reign of King Odo, who had succeeded Charles, he succeeded in gaining the recognition of a certain number of notables and in securing his coronation at Reims on the 28th of January 893. He now obtained the alliance of the emperor, and forced Odo to cede part of Neustria. In 898, by the death of his rival (January 1), he obtained possession of the whole kingdom. His most important act was the treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte with the Normans in 911. Some of them were baptized; the territory which was afterwards known as the Duchy of Normandy was ceded to them; but the story of the marriage of their chief Rollo with a sister of the king, related by the chronicler Dudo of Saint Quentin, is very doubtful. The same year Charles, on the invitation of the barons, jealous of the growth of the royal authority and discontented with the favor shown by the king to his counsellor Hagano, rebelled, and in 922 elected Robert I, brother of King Odo, in place of Charles. Robert was killed in the battle of Soissons, but the victory remained with his party, who elected Randolph, Duke of Burgundy, king. In his extremity Charles trusted himself to Herbert, count of Vermandois, who deceived him, and threw him into confinement at Château-Thierry and afterwards at Péronne. In the latter town he died on the 7th of October 929. In 907 he had married Frederona, sister of Bovo, bishop of Calons. After her death he married Eadgyfu (Odgiva), daughter of King Edward the Elder of the English, who was the mother of King Louis IV.

Father: Louis the Stammerer (King of France)
Mother: Adelaide
Brother: Carloman (half brother)
Wife: Frederonne (d. 917)
Wife: Eadgifu (m. 7-Oct-919)
Son: Louis IV (King of France)

    French Monarch (898-922)


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