Growth of royal power in France

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  • Hugh Capet
  • Capetian dynasty
  • Philip Augustus
  • Hugh Capet was elected King of France in 987. He began to increase royal power by passing hereditary from father to son, added land by defeating rivals which won support of the church. Most importantly, the Capetians built an effective bureaucracy. Government officials would collected taxes and imposed royal law over the king's domain
  • Louis IX
  • Go check on my land!
  • Hugh Capet founded the Capetian dynasty. Capetian dynasty was a ruling house of France from 987 to 1328, during the feudal period of the Middle Ages. The Capetian dynasty is among the largest and oldest European royal houses consisting of Hugh Capet's male-line descendants.
  • Philip IV
  • Philip Augustus appointed and paid middle-class officials than nobles. He grants charter many new towns, organized a army and introduced a new national tax. He also quadrupled royal land holding which result in his take over southern France.
  • Estates-General
  • Louis IX sent out officials to check on local officials, expanded the royal courts, outlawed priavta wars and ended serfdom. He personally heard cases to ensure justice and soon his large personal prestige helped creates a strong national feeling among his subjects.
  • Yes, you majesty!
  • Philip Iv tried to collect new taxes frm clergy which result clashes with the pope, and eventually his death. Philip set up Estates General in 1302, which had representative from three estates. This served as a balance to royal power.
  • King Philip IV gathered the first Estates General in 1302, in the midst of a conflict with the Pope. This body had representative from all three estates, or classes: clergy, nobles, and town-people. However it did not develop the same role as the English Parliament but it was mostly served as a balance to royal power.
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