Charles the Simple
Historical Figure
Nationality: France
Date of Birth: 879
Date of Death: 929
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Monarch
Parents: Louis II and Adelaide
Spouse: Frederuna of Saxony (d. 917), Eadgifu of England
Children: At least eleven
Relatives: Rollo (son-in-law)
House: Carolingian Dynasty
Political Office(s): King of West Francia and Lotharingia
Fictional Appearances:
"The Old Grind"
by Laura Frankos

Fantasy set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Carolus Simplex (17 September 879 – 7 October 929), translated Charles the Simple or the Straightforward, was the King of West Francia from 898 until 922 and the King of Lotharingia from 911 until 923. He was a member of the Carolingian dynasty, and is counted as Charles III of France. Among his accomplishments was the defeat of the Viking chieftain Rollo at the Siege of Chartres in 911. In spite of this victory, Charles realized that he could not keep Rollo out indefinitely and made a treaty with him, establishing the Duchy of Normandy.

The nobles' discontent with Charles' rule led to his overthrow in 923. He spent the rest of his life as a prisoner.

Charles the Simple in "The Old Grind"[edit | edit source]

Charles the Simple, King of Francia, won a great victory at the Siege of Chartres against Rollo's raiders, despite the presence of the giantess Fenia on the opposing side.[1]

Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of West Francia
Succeeded by
Robert I
Preceded by
Louis the Child
King of Lotharingia
Succeeded by

References[edit | edit source]

  1. E.g., Chicks Ahoy, pgs. 185-186.
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