Today in the Middle Ages: June 17, 900

On June 17, 900, Fulk, the Archbishop of Reims, was assassinated by the Count of Flanders, who was excommunicated as a result.

A would-be kingmaker, Fulk had opposed the accession of the non-Carolingian King Odo of France, going so far as to crown his own relative, Guy, Duke of Spoleto. Later Fulk backed Charles the Simple, a Carolingian and son of Louis the Stammerer. Charles failed to depose Odo but did succeed him upon his death.