HUGHES Magnus. (The Great). Duke of France. Count of Paris. King of Burgundy.
Son of ROBERT I, King of the Franks, and Beatrice.
At the death of Rudolph, duke of Burgundy, in 936, Hugh was in possession of nearly all the region between the Loire and the Seine, corresponding to the ancient Neustria, with the exception of the territory ceded to the Normans in 911. He took a very active part in bringing Louis IV (d'Outremer) from the Kingdom of England in 936, but in the same year Hugh married Hedwige of Saxony, a daughter of Henry the Fowler of Germany and Matilda of Ringelheim, and soon quarrelled with Louis.
Hugh even paid homage to Otto, and supported him in his struggle against Louis. When Louis fell into the hands of the Normans in 945, he was handed over to Hugh, who released him in 946 only on condition that he should surrender the fortress of Laon. At the council of Ingelheim (948) Hugh was condemned, under pain of excommunication, to make reparation to Louis. It was not, however, until 950 that the powerful vassal became reconciled with his suzerain and restored Laon. But new difficulties arose, and peace was not finally concluded until 953.
On the death of Louis IV, Hugh was one of the first to recognize Lothair as his successor, and, at the intervention of Queen Gerberga, was instrumental in having him crowned. In recognition of this service Hugh was invested by the new king with the duchies of Burgundy (his suzerainty over which had already been nominally recognized by Louis IV) and Aquitaine. But his expedition in 955 to take possession of Aquitaine was unsuccessful. In the same year, however, Giselbert, duke of Burgundy, acknowledged himself his vassal and betrothed his daughter to Hugh's son Otto. At Giselbert's death (April 8, 956) Hugh became effective master of the duchy, but died soon afterwards, on the 16th or 17th of June 956.
He died in 956 A.D.
Daughter of Edward the Elder, King of England, and Aelffaed.
HEDWIGE. (Hartwige) Princess Germany (Saxony).
Born about 910 A.D.; daughter of HENRY the Fowler of Germany and Matilda of Ringelheim.
She was a sister of Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, Henry I, Duke of Bavaria, Gerberga of Saxony and Bruno I, Archbishop of Cologne.
After her brother Otto I came to power, an alliance and marriage was arranged with Hugh Magnus (The Great) in 936. Her son, Hugh Capet, was crowned King of France in 987.
She died on 10 May 965 A.D.
CHILDREN of HUGHES Magnus and Hedwige
- HUGH CAPET. He became King of France in 987 A.D.
- [S1]. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_the_Great. QUOTES as sources: a) Encyclopędia Britannica. Eleventh Edition.