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Chlodulf (Arnulfing) van Metz (aft. 0611 - 0696)

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Chlodulf (Saint Cloud) "Bishop of Metz" van Metz formerly Arnulfing
Born after in Austrasia, Francemap
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Metz, Moselle, Lorraine, Francemap
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Chlodulf (605 – 08 May 697), was Bishop of Metz from 657 - 697 or 652 - 693.[3] Wikipedia FR says that he was born at least two years before his father's appointment as Bishop of Metz.



Chlodulf (610 - 08 May 697 or Jun 8, 696/7 Metz)[4][5][1]

alias: Clodulphe; Clodould; Saint Cloud

bur. Basilique de Saint-Arnoul, Metz[6]


Father: Arnulf, Bishop of Metz

Mother: Doda UNKNOWN[2]


643-647: He and his brother Ansegisel, were styled "vir inluster" (famous men), in a letter from Bishop Desire of Cahors (Wikipedia FR). After Ansegisel's married, the two were citeded in an act by Sigebert III and the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, Grimoald - Ansegisel's new brother-in-law. He was in close contact with his sister-in-law Saint Gertrude of Nivelles.


(unproven) m. UNKNOWN or Childa "Hilda" _____.[3] Issue: 2[7]

  • Aunulf (d. ante 16 Dec 714)[8]

Wikipedia FR: "His wife's name is not given in contemporary documents. But the tradition of Looz indicates that the body of St. Amour was transferred to the church by a Hilda, wife of the noble Clodolfus.[3]

Whatever the wife's name, her son Aunulf, is known from a 714AD donation deed to Pepin de Herstal, naming him as his cousin Aunulf, son of Clodulf. The act says Aunulf died between 697 and 714, and he had no heirs closer than his cousin Pepin.[1] Sometimes another son is attributed to him - a comte named Martin, who fought against the Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia Ebroin, alongside Pepin de Herstal, and was killed in 690. However, incorporation of Martin to the Arnulfians came later, onomastics does not explain his name, and other sources label Martin as a son of the Mayor of the Palace Wulfoald.")


  • 657 - 697: bishop of Metz[10]

During this time, he decorated the cathedral St. Stephen. Wikipedia FR, says he sponsored Trudo, a noble from the Hesbaye clan, as a priest at Metz, and bequeathed property to the cathedral.[1] Trudo's brother later murdered Ansegisel, and Childebert "the adopted," killed Grimoald.

Chlodulf remained untouched in all this - possibly involved in a conspiracy against his other family members, which possibly serves as a reason why later Carolingian historians attributed unflattering stories to him, and did not pursue the names of his family in building their genealogy.


In Nivelles he was locally venerated as Saint Clou, because of his connection to Saint Gertrude. His Feast Day is June 8 (possibly a burial date, as some regard him as having died on May 8).


Wikipedia: Chlodulf of Metz; Wikipedia:fr: Clodulf de Metz

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 He is named only in a charter of Emperor Otto I dated 30 Apr 948, which confirms the donation to the church of Metz of property “in villas Hrectio et Littemala”... which previously belonged to "Clodulfus major domus", and which “filio suo Aunulfo” had bequeathed to his first cousin Pépin II, on his deathbed ... which suggests that he died without direct heirs (Cawley, 2006)
  2. Notice of resolution of ambiguous parentage: This profile has been edited with regard to parents in accordance with principles established by the European Aristocracy user-group. Medieval genealogy is not an exact science, and digital collaborative genealogy must therefore occasionally make choices where old-fashioned print-scholarship did not have to. The parents (or lack of parents) of the person described in this profile were decided upon in consultation with primary sources especially as collected in the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy’s Medieval Lands project.[1]
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Settipani states that, according to “la tradition de Los”, the body of St Amour was transferred to the church by "Hilda, femme du noble Clodolfus". It has not yet been possible to trace the source on which this statement is based. No other reference to the name of Chlodulf's wife has been found" (Cawley, 2006[2]
  4. based on a 9th century genealogy

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On November 1, 2011 at 04:21GMT Aran Stubbs wrote:

Could this be Clodulf?

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