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Strong princes[ edit ] France was a very decentralised state during the Middle Ages.
The authority of the king was more religious than administrative. The 11th century in France marked the apogee of princely power at the expense of the king when states like NormandyFlanders or Languedoc enjoyed a local authority comparable to kingdoms in all but name.
The Capetiansas they were descended from the Robertianswere formerly powerful princes themselves who had successfully unseated the weak and unfortunate Carolingian kings. They were involved in the struggle for power within France as princes, but they also had a religious authority over Roman Catholicism in France as King.
The Capetian kings treated other princes more as enemies and allies than as subordinates: Capetian authority was so weak in some remote places that bandits were the effective power. The Normansthe Plantagenetsthe Lusignansthe Hautevillesthe Ramnulfidsand the House of Toulouse successfully carved lands outside France for themselves.
The most important of these conquests for French history was the Norman Conquest of England by William the Conquerorfollowing the Battle of Hastings and immortalised in the Bayeux Tapestrybecause it linked England to France through Normandy.
Although the Normans were now both vassals of the French kings and their equals as kings of England, their zone of political activity remained centered in France. Rise of the monarchy[ edit ] The monarchy overcame the powerful barons over ensuing centuries, and established absolute sovereignty over France in the 16th century.
A number of factors contributed to the rise of the French monarchy. The dynasty established by Hugh Capet continued uninterrupted untiland the laws of primogeniture ensured orderly successions of power. Secondly, the successors of Capet came to be recognised as members of an illustrious and ancient royal house and therefore socially superior to their politically and economically superior rivals.
Thirdly, the Capetians had the support of the Churchwhich favoured a strong central government in France.
This alliance with the Church was one of the great enduring legacies of the Capetians. The First Crusade was composed almost entirely of Frankish Princes.
As time went on the power of the King was expanded by conquests, seizures and successful feudal political battles. The loss of other Spanish principalities then followed, as the Spanish marches grew more and more independent.
Hugh Capet decided so in order to have his succession secured. His surviving charters imply he relied heavily on the Church to rule France, much like his father did.
Although he lived with a mistress— Bertha of Burgundy —and was excommunicated because of this, he was regarded as a model of piety for monks hence his nickname, Robert the Pious. Under King Philip Ithe kingdom enjoyed a modest recovery during his extraordinarily long reign — His reign also saw the launch of the First Crusade to regain the Holy Landwhich heavily involved his family although he personally did not support the expedition.
It is from Louis VI reigned —37 onward that royal authority became more accepted. Louis VI was more a soldier and warmongering king than a scholar.
The way the king raised money from his vassals made him quite unpopular; he was described as greedy and ambitious and that is corroborated by records of the time. His regular attacks on his vassals, although damaging the royal image, reinforced the royal power.
From onward Louis had the assistance of a skilled religious statesman, Abbot Suger. The abbot was the son of a minor family of knights, but his political advice was extremely valuable to the king. Louis VI successfully defeated, both military and politically, many of the robber barons.
Louis VI frequently summoned his vassals to the court, and those who did not show up often had their land possessions confiscated and military campaigns mounted against them.
This drastic policy clearly imposed some royal authority on Paris and its surrounding areas. When Louis VI died inmuch progress had been made towards strengthening Capetian authority. Powerful vassals paid homage to the French king. However, the couple disagreed over the burning of more than a thousand people in Vitry during the conflict against the Count of Champagne.
He later involved the Kingdom of France in the Second Crusade but his relationship with Eleanor did not improve. This style became standard for most European cathedrals built in the late Middle Ages. The late Capetians, although they often ruled for a shorter time than their earlier peers, were often much more influential.
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