Sophistication, elegance and charm are words that you connote with while talking about French and France. France has been the epicentre of most cultural developments from centuries today. A mecca of litterateurs, scientists, artists and academicians, France is often revered to as one of the greatest talent-churning nations in the world. While this is the story of current-day France, the country has an old-world charm that dates back to days when France was ruled by emperors. Stately, magnificent and imperial, French emperors ruled the country from the Middle Ages until 1848. Clovis I was the first known ruler of France who ruled from 486 AD. Several dynasties ruled the nation during this time, starting from the Merovingia to Carolingian, Capetian, Bonaparte and Bourbon. While some emperors were crusaders who regained ground for France through wars, battles and accessions, there were others under whom the architecture, literature and culture of France prospered. King Louis XIV, the Grand Monarch or Sun King, was the longest lived monarch of France. It was under him that the country became the most powerful in entire Europe. Other prominent French emperors include King Louis VIII, King Charles V, King Philippe II Augustus and so on. With this segment, find out more about French emperors and kings, their rule, accession, life and monarchical period.
Napoleon BonaparteNapoleon Bonaparte
15 August 1769
Emperor of the French
William the ConquerorWilliam the Conqueror
1028 AD
King of England

Henry II of EnglandHenry II of England
05 March 1133
King of England

Albert II, Prince of MonacoAlbert II, Prince of Monaco
14 March 1958
Monach of Monaco

Francis II of FranceFrancis II of France
19 January 1544
King of France

Napoleon IIINapoleon III
20 April 1808
Emperor of the Second French Empire
Henry II of FranceHenry II of France
31 March 1519
King of France

Richard II of EnglandRichard II of England
06 January 1367
King of England

Henry IV of FranceHenry IV of France
13 December 1553
King of France, King of Navarre
Louis XIV of FranceLouis XIV of France
05 September 1638
King of France

Francis I of FranceFrancis I of France
12 September 1494
King of France
Charles IX of FranceCharles IX of France
27 June 1550
King of France

Charles IXCharles IX
27 June 1550
King of France

Henry III of FranceHenry III of France
19 September 1551
King of France

Louis XVI of FranceLouis XVI of France
23 August 1754
King of France

Napoleon IINapoleon II
20 March 1811
Emperor of France
Louis XII of FranceLouis XII of France
27 June 1462
King

Philip IV of FrancePhilip IV of France
31 March 1268
King

Philippe I, Duke of OrléansPhilippe I, Duke of Orléans
21 September 1640
Son of Louis XIII of France

Charles VI of FranceCharles VI of France
03 December 1368
King of France
Philip V of SpainPhilip V of Spain
19 December 1683
King of Spain

VercingetorixVercingetorix
0082 BC
King of Arveni Tribe
Clovis IClovis I
0466 AD
King of the Salian Franks

Louis IX of FranceLouis IX of France
25 April 1214
King of France

Charles VII of FranceCharles VII of France
22 February 1403
King of France
Louis I The PiousLouis The Pious
16 April 0778
King of Aquitaine, King of Franks & Co-Emperor

Louis XIII of FranceLouis XIII of France
27 September 1601
King of France
Louis XV of FranceLouis XV of France
15 February 1710
King of France

Philip II of FrancePhilip II of France
21 August 1165
King of France

Pedro II of BrazilPedro II of Brazil
02 December 1825
Former Emperor of Brazil
Charles VIII of FranceCharles VIII of France
30 June 1470
King of France

Continue Reading Below
Guy of LusignanGuy of Lusignan
1150 AD
King
Louis XI of FranceLouis XI of France
03 July 1423
King of France

Charles X of FranceCharles X of France
09 October 1757
King of France and Navarre

Joseph BonaparteJoseph Bonaparte
07 January 1768
King of Naples and Sicily
Philippe II, Duke of OrléansPhilippe II, Duke of Orléans
02 August 1674
Regent
Louis X of FranceLouis X of France
04 October 1289
King

Charles V of FranceCharles V of France
21 January 1338
King of France

Louis XVIII of FranceLouis XVIII of France
17 November 1755
King of France

Philip VI of FrancePhilip VI of France
1293 AD
King of the Valois Dynasty
Louis VIII of FranceLouis VIII of France
05 September 1187
King of France

Mansa MusaMansa Musa
1280 AD
Emperor

Louis BonaparteLouis Bonaparte
02 September 1778
King of Holland from 1806 to 1810

RolloRollo
0846 AD
King

Rollo of NormandyRollo of Normandy
0845 AD
Duke of Normandy
Henri de BourbonHenri de Bourbon
13 December 1553
 

Louis-Philippe I of FranceLouis-Philippe I of France
06 October 1773
King of France
Margaret of AnjouMargaret of Anjou
23 March 1430
Queen of England

Louis XVIILouis XVII
27 March 1785
King

Pippin the YoungerPippin the Younger
0714 AD
King of the Franks
Charles the Bald, Holy Roman EmperorCharles the Bald, Holy Roman Emperor
13 June 0823
Holy Roman Emperor

Hugh Capet of FranceHugh Capet of France
0940 AD
 
Louis Antoine, Duke of AngoulêmeLouis Antoine, Duke of Angoulême
06 August 1775
King

Louis-Antoine, Duke of AngoulemeLouis-Antoine, Duke of Angouleme
06 August 1775
King

Raynald of ChâtillonRaynald of Châtillon
1120 AD
Prince

Charles the SimpleCharles the Simple
17 September 0879
King

Philip VIPhilip VI
1293 AD
King
Charles IV of FranceCharles IV of France
18 June 1294
King

Francis, Duke of AnjouFrancis, Duke of Anjou
18 March 1555
Duke

Oscar I of SwedenOscar I of Sweden
04 July 1799
King

Odo, Count of ParisOdo, Count of Paris
0860 AD
King
Philip III of FrancePhilip III of France
30 April 1245
King

Louis VI of FranceLouis VI of France
1081 AD
King
CarusCarus
0222 AD
Emperor

Robert II of FranceRobert II of France
27 March 0972
KIng

Philip V of FrancePhilip V of France
1293 AD
King
Philip I of FrancePhilip I of France
23 May 1052
King

Jérôme BonaparteJérôme Bonaparte
15 November 1784
King
Philip III, Duke of BurgundyPhilip III, Duke of Burgundy
31 July 1396
King

Robert I of FranceRobert I of France
15 August 0866
King

John I of FranceJohn I of France
15 November 1316
King
Henry I of FranceHenry I of France
04 May 1008
politician

Ludwig I of BavariaLudwig I of Bavaria
25 August 1786
King
Childeric IChilderic I
0437 AD
King

William the AethelingWilliam the Aetheling
05 August 1103
King

Louis the StammererLouis the Stammerer
01 November 0846
King

Hugh the GreatHugh the Great
0898 AD
Duke
Henri, Comte de ChambordHenri, Comte de Chambord
29 September 1820
King
Henri, Count of ChambordHenri, Count of Chambord
29 September 1820
King of France

Louis IV of FranceLouis IV of France
10 September 0920
King

Nicholas I of MontenegroNicholas I of Montenegro
07 October 1841
Ruler

James I of AragonJames I of Aragon
02 February 1208
King
Henry VII, Holy Roman EmperorHenry VII, Holy Roman Emperor
1275 AD
Emperor

Antoine of NavarreAntoine of Navarre
22 April 1518
King of Navarre

Louis V of FranceLouis V of France
0967 AD
King

Albert I, Prince of MonacoAlbert I, Prince of Monaco
13 November 1848
Teuthologist

Louis III of FranceLouis III of France
0860 AD
King
AvitusAvitus
0380 AD
Emperor

Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of OrléansFerdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans
03 September 1810
Duke
Pippin of ItalyPippin of Italy
31 March 0773
King

Dagobert IDagobert I
0603 AD
King of Austrasia
Lothair of FranceLothair of France
0941 AD
king
Childeric IIIChilderic III
0714 AD
King