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(born Sept. 17, 879died Oct. 7, 929, Péronne, France) King of France (893–922). In 911 he ceded territory by treaty, in the area later known as Normandy, to the Vikings, to end their raids; their descendants became the Normans. The magnates of Lorraine (Lotharingia) accepted Charles's authority on the death of their last Carolingian king. His preoccupation with Lotharingian affairs alienated the French nobles, and in 922 they elected Robert I king in his stead.
Variants of CHARLES III
Charles III known as Charles the Simple
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