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Hugh the Great (also Hugues de France, Hugh the White)

Born: 9XX AD
Died: 956 AD.

Nationality: French
Categories: Duke

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Hugh the Great was a Duke of the Franks and count of Paris.

 

936 - Hugh was in possession of nearly all the region between the Loire and the Seine.

 

       - He took a very active part in bringing Louis IV (d'Outremer) from the Kingdom of England.

 

       - Hugh married Hedwige of Saxony, a daughter of Henry the Fowler of Germany and Matilda of Ringelheim.

 

948 - At the council of Ingelheim, Hugh was condemned, under pain of excommunication, to make reparation to Louis.

 

950 - The powerful vassal became reconciled with his suzerain and restored Laon.

 

953 - New difficulties arose, and peace was not finally concluded.

 

On the death of Louis IV, Hugh was one of the first to recognize Lothair as his successor.

 

955 - His expedition to take possession of Aquitaine was unsuccessful.

 

       - Giselbert, duke of Burgundy, acknowledged himself his vassal and betrothed his daughter to Hugh's son Otto.

 

956 - Hugh became master of the duchy  but died soon afterwards, on the 16th or 17th of June.

 

 

 


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