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Arnulf of Metz
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Arnulf of Metz

Arnulf of Metz (August 13, 582 - August 16, 640) was a Frankish noble, who had great influence in the Merovingian kingdoms.

Arnulf gave distinguished service at the Austrasian court under Theudebert II (595-612). In 613, however, with Pippin of Landen he led the aristocratic opposition to Queen Brunhilda of Austrasia that led to her downfall and the reunification of Frankish lands under Clotaire II. About the same year, he became Bishop of Metz.

From 623, again with Pippin, now Mayor of the Austrasian palace, Arnulf was adviser to Dagobert I, before retiring in 627 to become a hermit in the Vosges mountains.

With his wife, Doda, he had three children:

Ansegisel married Pippin's daughter, Begga, and the son of this marriage, Pippin II, was Charlemagne's great-grandfather.

Uncertain Ancestry

While Arnulf is recognised as one of the earliest documented ancestors of, say, Charlemagne and thereby most modern European Royal families, Arnulf's own parentage is both uncertain and undocumented:

Descendants of Mellobaude

Mellobaude 320 - 376 Richemir 350 - 384

               married
Ascyla 352 -

Theodemir Magnus 370 - 414

               married
Valentina Justina - 414

Clovis the Riparian 398 - 448

               married
Ildegonde De Cologne 399 - 450

Childebert of Cologne 430 - 483

               married
Amalaberge 435 - 478

       	Siegbert the Lame	- 509

Cloderic of Cologne 477 -

married
               Parricide	

Munderic 500 - 532

married
               Arthenia	500 -

Bodegisel I

married
              Palatina	

Bodegisel II - 588 married

Oda of Suevian

Arnulf 582 - 641

               married
Dode 586 - 612

                        (Mellobaude descent written by Alex R. Kuestner)