Arnoul (Arnoldus, Arnulf) MEROVING Bishop of Metz (c.616-640)
- Born: 13 Aug 582, Old Saxony, Germany
- Married: Abt 596
- Died: 16 Aug 640, Horenberg Monastery, Wasenwald
- Buried: Church of the Apostles, Metz
Ancestral File Number: 9GC9-0M.
Patron Saint of Brewers
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, led the opposition of Frankish nobles to Queen Brunhilda of Austrasia. The revolt led to her overthrow, torture, and eventual execution, and the subsequent reunification of Frankish lands under Clotaire II, the dowager 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. 765
Arnoul married Dode (Ode, Doda) DE METZ of Saxony, daughter of Arnoald (Arnoldus) DE METZ Bishop of Metz (601-611) and Oda, about 596. (Dode (Ode, Doda) DE METZ of Saxony was born in 586 in Old Saxonia, Gertha and died in 611.)