Capetian Miracle

Capetian Miracle

The Capetian Miracle refers to the Capetian dynasty of France and its ability to attain and hold onto the French crown.

In 987, Hugh Capet was elected to succeed Louis V of the Carolingian dynasty that had ruled France for over two centuries. By a process of associating elder sons with them in the kingship, the early Capetians established the hereditary succession in their family and transformed a theoretically electoral kingship with a sacral one. Eventually, the Capetian hold on power was so strong that the practice of co-rule was dropped.


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