Today in the Middle Ages: July 3, 987

Hugh Capet was crowned King of France on July 3, 987, ending the Carolingian dynasty. His descendants would continue to reign until the French Revolution.

Hugh was a powerful duke before his election to the throne and had dominated politically during his predecessor's reign. He took over a land of fiefs and factions, not a nation. As King, he was constantly engaged in power struggles and intrigue.