Saint Arnulf Arnulfing

Arnulf Arnulfing (bef. 0580 - 0640)

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St Arnulf (Saint Arnulf) "Bishop of Metz" Arnulfing aka von Sachsen [uncertain]
Born before in Sachsen, Germanymap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Remiremontmap
Profile last modified | Created 20 Feb 2012
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Categories: Saints | Diocese of Metz.

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This is the main profile for Arnulf, Bishop of Metz. Merge duplicates here.

Arnoul (Arnulf), Bishop of Metz (580/5 - 18 Jul 640 Remiremont)[1]

living 613

bur. Remiremont

reinterred: Basilique de Saint-Arnoul, Metz



  • 613 AD: 9th Bishop of Metz


The parents listed for this individual are speculative and may not be based on sound genealogical research. Sources to prove or disprove this ancestry are needed. Please contact the Profile Manager or leave information on the bulletin board.
Arnulf's parents are unknown.

Father: Arnold ?[1] or Buotgisus ?[2] or Bodegisal[3]

Mother: UNKNOWN;[2] (disputed) Chrodoara

Notice of resolution of ambiguous parentage: Parents chosen in accordance with the European Aristocrats project. They were decided upon in consultation with primary sources, especially collected by FMG's Medieval Lands project.

Editors Note: All parentages for him are fanciful.


m. Doda ____ (d. after 640; p. unknown). Issue: 3

  • Chlodulf (610 - 08 May 697)
m. ____ (unknown). Issue: 2
  • Ansegisel (612 - 655/65)
m. Begga (father: Peppin I)
  • Walacho "Walchisus"
m. ____ (unknown). Issue: 2


  • canonized (in iconography, he is portrayed with a rake in his hand and is often confused in legend with Arnold of Soissons, who is a patron saint of brewing.)
Venerated in the Roman Catholic Church & the Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast Day: July 18


  • New Advent. Web.[3]
MEDIEVAL LANDS: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families by Charles Cawley © Foundation for Medieval Genealogy & Charles Cawley 2000-2018.

  1. Based on a 9th century genealogy, seeking to fabricate Carolingian ancestry (Cawley, 2006, citing Settipani).
  2. Based on another 8th/9th century genealogy (Cawley, 2006).
  3. Wikipedia

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Memories: 3

On 13 Nov 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

On 13 Nov 2011 Roger Wehr wrote:

Saint Arnulf of Metz (c. 582, Lay-Saint-Christophe, Meurthe-et-Moselle — 640) was a Frankish bishop of Metz and advisor to the Merovingian court of Austrasia, who retired to the Abbey of Remiremont.

Arnulf was born to an important Frankish family at an uncertain date around 582. His father was Baudgise or Baudegisel II of Aquitaine or Carthage (d. 588), Palace Mayor and Duke of Sueve. His mother was Oda. In his younger years he was called to the Merovingian court of king Theudebert II (595-612) of Austrasia and sent to serve as dux at the Schelde. Later he became bishop of Metz. During his career he was attracted to religious life, and he retired to become a monk. After his death he was canonized as a saint. In French he is also known as Arnoul or Arnoulf. In English he is also known as Arnold. Arnulf gave distinguished service at the Austrasian court under Theudebert II After the death of Theudebert in 612 he was made bishop of Metz. The rule of Austrasia came into the hands of Brunhilda, the grandmother of Theudebert, who ruled also in Burgundy in the name of her great-grandchildren. In 613 Arnulf joined his politics with Pippin of Landen and led the opposition of Frankish nobles against Queen Brunhilda. The revolt led to her overthrow, torture, and eventual execution, and the subsequent reunification of Frankish lands under Chlothachar II. Chlothachar later made his son Dagobert I king of Austrasia and he ruled with the help of his advisor Arnulf. Not satisfied with his position, as a bishop he was involved in the murder of Chrodoald in 624, an important leader of the Frankish Agilolfings family and a protégé of Dagobert. From 623 (with Pippin of Landen, then the Mayor of the Palace), Arnulf was an adviser to Dagobert I. He retired around 628 to a hermitage at a mountain site in the Vosges, to realize his lifelong resolution to become a monk and a hermit. His friend Romaric, whose parents were killed by Brunhilda, had preceded him to the mountains and together with Amatus had already established Remiremont Abbey there. Arnulf settled there, and remained there until his death twelve years later. Arnulf was married ca 596 to a woman whom later sources give the name of Dode or Doda, (born ca 584), and had children. Chlodulf of Metz was his oldest son, but more important is his second son Ansegisel, who married Begga daughter of Pepin I, Pippin of Landen. Arnulf is thus the male-line grandfather of Charles Martel and great-great grandfather of Charlemagne. Arnulf was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. In iconography he is portrayed with a rake in his hand.

On 29 Jun 2011 Ted Williams wrote:

Arnoald, also called Arnoldus or Arnual (ca 560 – ca 611), was a Bishop of Metz between 601 and 609 or 611, the successor of Agilulf, and a Margrave of Schelde. He was the son of Ansbertus, a Senator, and wife Blithilde.

Married before 584 to Oda (?), born ca 564. Scholars looking to replace the traditions that would make Arnulf of Metz the son of Arnould have proposed alternative relationships between Arnoald and the Carolingians. Proposed solutions would make him father of one of the following:

Saint Itta, married to Pippin of Landen Dode or Doda, who became a nun in 612 at Treves becoming called also Clothilde of Treves, born ca 584, married ca 596 to Arnulf of Metz

Father of St. Arnulf of Metz

It is a subject of much debate among genealogists whether or not Arnoald is the father of Arnulf bishop of Metz, who, according to Christian Settipani's early publications, is a perfect candidate. Settipani contradicts himself in newer publications, stating that Arnulf of Metz couldn't have been Arnoald's son given to no mention of the former having any royal blood. Further speculation indicate Arnulf's father could be a Bodegisel, based on documents from old Frankish legends. This statement is also uncertain. He states instead that Arnoald was Arnulf's father in law.

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On 5 Sep 2017 at 06:48 GMT Chris Douglas wrote:

Interesting but very likely bogus ancestry:

On 24 Oct 2015 at 13:21 GMT Bree Ogle wrote:

Since Arnulf's parents tend to vary heavily in sources, I think leadership should decide on the final direction of the tree. Wikipedia, chose Bodegisel. Cawley, chose no-one, but did mention the 8th/9th century tradition of his father being Arnold (son of Ansbertus), or alternatively, Buotgisus. The original state of the Arnulfing profile had no ancestoral connections. There's also another false genealogy that makes Arnulf a descendant (maybe grandchild via Ansbertus) of Ferroleus (Gallo-Roman senatorial family) ... see Ansbertus' profile for more on that.

On 24 Oct 2015 at 03:21 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

I think Arnulfing should be LNAB too for this profile too

On 23 Oct 2015 at 22:13 GMT John Atkinson wrote:

I think Arnulfing should be the LNAB for this profile, as he became Bishop of Metz at a later date.

On 28 Jul 2015 at 20:49 GMT Schalk Pienaar wrote:

Ferreol-4 and Metz-185 are not ready to be merged because: Birth and death places differ.

On 28 May 2015 at 18:45 GMT Sheri (Petersen) Sturm wrote:

Ferreol-4 and Metz-185 appear to represent the same person because: Enough information to confirm match.

On 7 Apr 2015 at 13:23 GMT Paul Toplis wrote:

Van Metz-19 and Arnulfing-2 appear to represent the same person because: Parents of van Metz 19 are wrong

On 28 Feb 2015 at 23:10 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

De METZ de FRANCIE-2 and Arnulfing-2 appear to represent the same person because: based on dates and family

On 5 Apr 2014 at 03:38 GMT Michelle (Bairfield) Brooks wrote:

There is a spouse and child listed as private - not sure who happens to be the manager(s) of those profiles.

On 24 Mar 2014 at 15:45 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Of Metz-42 and Metz-185 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents (also need to be merged), about the same birth/death years, the children have been merged.

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