On This Day In The Viking Age
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3 July


987 – Coronation of Hugh Capet

With the decline of the Carolingian dynasty, the Robertians were an unfailing strength to the Carolingian kings. Upon the death of Louis V, the West Franks elected Hugh Capet, son of the Duke of France and the sister of the German king Otto the Great as their king. He founded the Capetian dynasty. (see Britannica).


1035 – William the Conqueror becomes Duke of Normandy

In the year his father Robert I dies on his return from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the local lords chose his son William as the new Duke of Normandy. However, William is probably only 8 years old at this time.

Read more: History or listen to the podcast by Lars Brownworth on William the Conqueror.

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