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Arnold "St Arnulf" Bishop of Metz

Male Abt 580 - Abt 640  (~ 60 years)

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  • Name Arnold "St Arnulf" Bishop of Metz 
    Born Abt 580 
    Gender Male 
    Birth 13 Aug 582  Herisal, Liege, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Abt 640 
    Death 16 Aug 641 
    1 Source Brian Tompsett See Europäisch Stammtafeln Bund I tafel 2. See also Genealogy-EU by Miroslav MAREK at Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Info 5 See also Genealogy-EU by Miroslav MAREK at & Stirnet Genealogy at Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I072646  Ancestorium

    Father Arnoldus Meroving,   d. 601 
    Mother Ada of Schwabia,   b. Abt 564, Herisal, Liege, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 611  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Family ID F26176  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Oda (Doda or Clothilde) de Heristal,   d. UNKNOWN 
     1. Anchises\Ansegisel Maiordomus of Austrasia,   b. Abt 615, Austrasia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 685, Andene Monastery Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     2. Clodulphe Duke of Austrasia,   d. 718
     3. Martin Anchises,   d. UNKNOWN
     4. Walchigise of Metz,   b. Abt 611,   d. UNKNOWN
     5. Clodulf (St. Clodolf) Bishop of Metz,   b. 596, Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 690, Metz, Austrasia, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
    Family ID F03445  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Arnulf of Metz
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

      Arnulf of Metz (August 13, 582 – August 16, 640) was a Frankish noble who had great influence in the Merovingian kingdoms as a bishop and was later canonized as a saint. He is also known by his anglicized name, Arnold.

      Arnulf gave distinguished service at the Austrasian court under Theudebert II (595-612). About 611 he was made bishop of Metz. In 613, Arnulf and Pippin of Landen, whose daughter Begga, had married Arnulf's son Ansegisel , he led the aristocratic opposition to Queen Brunhilda of Austrasia. The revolt led to her overthrow, torture, and eventual execution, and the reunification of Frankish lands under Clotaire II, the old queen's nephew. Though Arnulf wanted to retreat to the Vosges mountains as a hermit, he was persuaded to stay and became the bishop of Metz.

      From 623 (with Pippin of Landen, then the Mayor of the Palace), Arnulf was an adviser to Dagobert I. With his friend Romaric, he retired in 627 to a mountain site in the Vosges, to implement his lifelong resolution to become a hermit.

      Before he was consecrated, he had two sons by his wife Doda: Ansegisel and Chlodulf. Ansegisel married Pippin's daughter Begga, and their child was Pippin the Middle, one of Charlemagne's great-grandfathers. Chlodulf, like his father, became bishop of Metz. The existence of third son called Martin is considered dubious.

      Arnulf was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church and is known as the patron saint of brewing. His feast day is either July 18 or August 16. In iconography, he is portrayed with a rake in his hand. He is often confused in legend with Arnold of Soissons, who is another patron saint of brewing.

      Saint Arnold Brewery, Houston, Texas, named after the saint, lists itself as the state's oldest microbrewery.

      Uncertain ancestry
      While Arnulf is recognised as one of the earliest documented ancestors of Charlemagne and thereby most modern European royal families, Arnulf's own parentage is both uncertain and undocumented. Some have claimed that Arnulf's father was Arnoldus (c.535–600), and that his mother was Ada of Swabia. According to Frankish legends, Arnulf was the son of Bodigisel. Others have claimed that Arnulf's mother was Bertha, Princess of Paris (539–640).

      Still others hold that Arnulf descended from Mellobaude:

      Mellobaude (320-376)
      Richemir (350-384) married Ascyla (d.352)
      Theodemir Magnus (370-414) married Valentina Justina (d.414)
      Clovis the Ripuarian (398-448) married Ildegonde de Cologne (399-450)
      Childebert of Cologne (430-483) married Amalaberge (435-478)
      Siegbert the Lame (d.509)
      Cloderic of Cologne (477-509) married Parricide
      Munderic (500-532) married Arthenia (500)
      Bodegisel I married Palatina
      Bodegisel II (d.588) married Oda of Suevian
      Arnulf (582-641) married Dode (586-612)

      St. Arnulf of Metz
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      Statesman, bishop under the Merovingians, born c. 580; died c. 640. His parents belonged to a distinguished Frankish family, and lived in Austrasia, the eastern section of the kingdom founded by Clovis. In the school in which he was placed during his boyhood he excelled through his talent and his good behaviour. According to the custom of the age, he was sent in due time to the court of Theodebert II, King of Austrasia (595-612), to be initiated in the various branches of the government. Under the guidance of Gundulf, the Mayor of the Palace, he soon became so proficient that he was placed on the regular list of royal officers, and among the first of the kings ministers. He distinguished himself both as a military commander and in the civil administration; at one time he had under his care six distinct provinces. In due course Arnulf was married to a Frankish woman of noble lineage, by whom he had two sons, Anseghisel and Clodulf. While Arnulf was enjoying worldly emoluments and honours he did not forget higher and spiritual things. His thoughts dwelled often on monasteries, and with his friend Romaricus, likewise an officer of the court, he planned to make a pilgrimage to the Abbey of Lérins, evidently for the purpose of devoting his life to God. But in the meantime the Episcopal See of Metz became vacant. Arnulf was universally designated as a worthy candidate for the office, and he was consecrated bishop of that see about 611. In his new position he set the example of a virtuous life to his subjects, and attended to matters of ecclesiastical government. In 625 he took part in a council held by the Frankish bishops at Reims. With all this Arnulf retained his station at the court of the king, and took a prominent part in the national life of his people. In 613, after the death of Theodebert, he, with Pepin of Landen and other nobles, called to Austrasia Clothaire II, King of Neustria. When, in 625, the realm of Austrasia was entrusted to the kings son Dagobert, Arnulf became not only the tutor, but also the chief minister, of the young king. At the time of the estrangement between the two kings, and 625, Arnulf with other bishops and nobles tried to effect a reconciliation. But Arnulf dreaded the responsibilities of the episcopal office and grew weary of court life. About the year 626 he obtained the appointment of a successor to the Episcopal See of Metz; he himself and his friend Romaricus withdrew to a solitary place in the mountains of the Vosges. There he lived in communion with God until his death. His remains, interred by Romaricus, were transferred about a year afterwards, by Bishop Goeric, to the basilica of the Holy Apostles in Metz.

      Of the two sons of Arnulf, Clodulf became his third successor in the See of Metz. Anseghisel remained in the service of the State; from his union with Begga, a daughter of Pepin of Landen, was born Pepin of Heristal, the founder of the Carlovingian dynasty. In this manner Arnulf was the ancestor of the mighty rulers of that house. The life or Arnulf exhibits to a certain extent the episcopal office and career in the Merovingian State. The bishops were much considered at court; their advice was listened to; they took part in the dispensation of justice by the courts; they had a voice in the appointment of royal officers; they were often used as the king's ambassadors, and held high administrative positions. For the people under their care, they were the protectors of their rights, their spokesmen before the king and the link uniting royalty with its subjects. The opportunities for good were thus unlimited; and Arnulf used them to good advantage.

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      ID: I041280
      Name: St. Arnulf (Arnoul) of Metz 1
      Sex: M
      Birth: ABT 13 AUG 582 in Of, Heristal, Austrasia, France 1
      Death: 16 AUG 641 in Horenberg, Monastery, Wasenwald 1
      Burial: , Metz, Austrasia, France 1
      Change Date: 26 FEB 2006
      [De La Pole.FTW]

      Sources: RC 53, 171, 358; AF; Kraentzler 1635; Collins; Pfafman; "The Franks;" The Carolingian Ancestry of Edmond Hawes, Alice Freeman and Thomas James by Henry James Young.
      Along with Pepin, the Mayor of the Palace in Austrasia, Arnoul (Arnulf) was a chief advisor of Dagobert. RC calls him a tutor of Dagobert. Bishop of Metz.
      K: St. Arnuld, the Holy, Majordomo and Bishop of Metz. Born after 13 June 562. Buried Habendum an der Mozel, later at St. Arnulf's Church at Metz.
      Carolingian: St Arnulph, died 641, mayor of the palace of Austrasia, later bishop of Metz. No wife listed.
      Collins (or Smallwood) mixes up St. Arnold, Bishop of Metz. with Arnoaldus, Bishop of Metz.

      Father: Arnoaldus Mar de Schelde de Heristal b: ABT 540
      Mother: Oda of Savoy b: ABT 562

      Marriage 1 Oda (Doda or Clothilde) de Heristal b: 580 in Old Saxony
      Change Date: 26 FEB 2006
      St. Clodolf Bishop of Metz b: 596 in Of, Austrasia, France
      Ansguise (Ansigise) of Metz b: 602 in , Austrasia, France
      Walchigise Comte de Verdun b: ABT 610

      Title: De La Pole.FTW
      Note: ABBR De La Pole.FTWTITL De La Pole.FTW
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