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Ansbert seems to be a fanciful way to connect the Merovingians, the Arnulfings, the Pippinids, and the Carolingians. Leaving him in place in the tree as husband of Blichildis and father of Arnold is a concession to traditional genealogies, but unlikely, in the extreme, to be historical.
Wikipedia -- "Ansbertus or Ansbert, Ausbert was a Frankish Austrasian noble, as well as a Gallo-Roman Senator. He is thought to be the son of Ferreolus, Senator of Narbonne and his wife Saint Dode .... Little of his actual life is known. Published centuries later Liber Historiae Francorum states that an Ansbertus married Blithilde (also called Bilichilde), and that she was the daughter of "Lothar the father of Dagobert", and then continues the line to the Pippinids through his son Arnoald and his granddaughter Itta (wife of Pepin of Landen). ... The chronological problems with the line as presented in Chronicle of the Kings of England", William of Malmesbury, page 64, have led modern genealogists to try to re-construct the line in various ways to fix them."
m. (fictional spouse - 9th century invention)Bilichildis (Blithildis) Issue: 5
Arnold (9th century invention; largely disputed father of Arnulf, Bishop of Metz)
No. But they're all the same fictional character, designed to "to connect Merovingians, Arnulfings, Pippinids, Carolingians" ... and even the Romans. So Metz, Moselle, Ferroleus, Austrasia, Narbonne, etc. We've found about 20 or so duplicates to date. Don't be afraid to merge duplicates into this main profile.
I'm siding with Roger, and disconnecting him from the Ferroleus line. There's no real proof to back up Wikipedia's opening thesis. Note that in the list of the encyclopedia's sources, they do cite Smith (2005), stating:
"The Carolingian dynasty...appropriated the Roman past into its ancestry by a genealogy that claimed that its sainted (and historically attested) founder, Arnulf of Metz (d.c. 643) was the grandson of the (mythical) Merovingian princess Blithild and her (equally mythical) husband Ansbert, hailed as a Roman senator."
No evidence of his parentage exists. Cf. his article on Wikipedia. Fanciful parentage has been unlinked, but would seek to bring his lineage back to the Roman Empire.
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