Arnulf of Metz 580-641
Saint Arnulf of
Metz, the tent years.
engraving by Sadeler.
Also called Arnold of Metz. The
French called him Arnoul de Metz.
Arnulf was best buddies with
Pepin the Elder.
During the lifetime of
II, those two — Pepin and Arnulf — were rising in power and influence each day.
Starting out merely as nobles, Arnulf became Bishop of Metz and
Pepin royal adviser as well as mayor of one of the royal palaces.
October 18, 629, was a bad day for
Arnulf and Pepin. King Chlotar died and the king's son,
I, took over. Dagobert was not keen on having potential competitors Arnulf and Pepin hanging about the
And he made sure that the men got the drift. Pepin took a long vacation and went
Aquitaine. Arnulf retired to become a hermit,
see image above.
Catholics, Arnulf is now a Saint.
THE FAMILY OF
ARNULF OF METZ
Arnulf's wife was
Doda. Their son was
married Pepin's daughter
Another son of Arnulf's was Clodulf, who later also became a
bishop of Metz.