Monarchs of France (person)
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As the poet Jacques Prévert said:
Louis I Louis II Louis III Louis IV Louis V Louis VI Louis VII Louis VIII Louis IX Louis X (dit le Hutin) (called le Hutin) Louis XI Louis XII Louis XIII Louis XIV Louis XV Louis XVI Louis XVII Louis XVIII et plus personne plus rien... qu'est-ce que c'est que ces gens-là qui ne sont pas foutus de compter jusqu'à vingt ? and nobody any more, nothing... who are these guys who ain't able to count until twenty?
What is remarkable about the French monarchs is that, between 987 and 1848, the same family ruled France. During the French Revolution, Louis XVI was called "Louis Capet" during his trial because Hugues Capet, 800 years before, was his direct ancestor.
No king ever came from another country. Many countries invaded France, but for a short period, and the legitimate king always regained his throne eventually. It may explain many things about France, including its strong feeling of being a nation (as opposed to a race) and its so-called arrogance.
From 987 to 1792, i.e during more than 800 years, the succession rules were strictly followed. Sometimes (but quite rarely) a king died without a legitimate heir, i.e a son, so that a brother, an uncle or a cousin had to become king. In three occasions, three brothers were kings one after the other:
Louis-Philippe (1830-1848) was a distant cousin, and his accession to the throne was not legitimate. His father was a "régicide", i.e he had voted for the death penalty when Louis XVI was put to trial in 1793.
Other short facts:
Henry -> Henri Hugh Capet -> Hugues Capet John -> Jean Merovich -> Mérovée Odo -> Eudes Philip -> Philippe
Oh, yeah, there are still pretenders to the throne in France. One of them is Louis XX, a descendent of Louis XIV and the most legitimate of all with regard to succession rules. Another one is the Count of Paris, a descendent of Louis-Philippe. And I'm not speaking about those who claim that Louis XVII, just like Elvis, did not die in jail during the Revolution and had children afterwards...
Thanks LeoDV for a correction about Capet, which was not Hugues Capet's family name because family names did not exist then...