Charles III the Simple of France
- Born: 17 Sep 879
- Marriage: Eadgifu in 919
- Died: 7 Oct 929, Peronne, Somme, France at age 50
- Buried: L'abbaye de St-Fursy, Peronne, Somme, France
Born: 17 Sep 879
Marriage: (1): Frederuna
Marriage: (2): Eadgifu in 919
Died: 7 Oct 929, Péronne, Somme, France at age 50
Buried: L'abbaye de St-Fursy, Péronne, Somme, France
CHARLES THE SIMPLE, French CHARLES LE SIMPLE, king of France, whose authority came to be accepted by Lorraine and who settled the Northmen in Normandy but who became the first Carolingian ruler of the western kingdom to lose his crown. The posthumous son of Louis II the Stammerer, Charles was too young to assume the throne on the death of his half-brother, Carloman, in 884 or that of his cousin, Charles the Fat, in 888. On Jan. 28, 893, however, he was crowned king by Fulk, archbishop of Reims; and, although he renounced his rights after civil war in 897, the death of King Eudes in the following year brought him general recognition as king. Charles was strongly under the influence of Robert, brother of the dead Eudes. It was Robert's victory against the Northmen at Chartres in 911 which paved the way for the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte later that year, by which Charles ceded territory, in the area later known as Normandy, to the Viking leader Rollo and his men; in return, Rollo became a Christian and Charles's vassal. The Normans who had such an impact on Europe in the 11th and 12th centuries were the final product of this settlement. In 911 also, the magnates of Lorraine (Lotharingia) accepted the authority of Charles on the death of the last Carolingian king of the East Franks, Louis the Child. Charles's preoccupation with Lotharingian affairs and councillors alienated the nobles of Neustria, however, and in 922 they elected Robert king. Charles killed Robert in battle in 923 but was soon taken prisoner by Herbert, count of Vermandois, who used him for his own gain against Rudolf, Robert's son-in-law and the new king. He was first married to Frederuna who died ca. 917.
Noted events in his life were:
â€¢ He was a King of France from 893 to 922.
Charles married Frederuna. (Frederuna died circa 917.)
Charles married Eadgifu, daughter of Edward I the Elder of Wessex and Kent and Ælflaeda, in 919. (Eadgifu died about 953.)