Hugh had originally wanted to become a lay abbot, and in March 980 moved the relics of St. Valery to Amiens Cathedral. He also had a dream that he would become king and that his descendants would rule for seven generations which they did.
Once on the throne Capet strengthened his position by declaring his son Robert 'king designate', and choosing the daughter of the King of Italy as his bride. Capet had problems with Charles of Lorraine during the early part of his reign who contested his defeat. This was until 992 when Charles died in prison, possibly poisoned. Hugh died in August 996 from smallpox and was buried in the basilica of St. Denis.