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Saint Chlodulf, Bishop of Metz

Saint Chlodulf, Bishop of Metz

Male Abt 610 - Abt 697  (~ 87 years)

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  • Name Chlodulf  
    Title Saint  
    Suffix Bishop of Metz 
    Born Abt 610 
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Saint Cloud 
    Died Abt 697 
    Buried Metz Cathderal, Metz, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11670  Dickinson
    Last Modified 11 May 2014 

    Father Arnulf de Metz, Bishop of Metz,   b. Abt 580,   d. Abt 640, Remiremont, Lorraine, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Doda 
    Relationship Birth 
    • Current scholarship tends to explain Arnulf's presence in the Pippinid/Carolingian geneology as apocryphal, much in the way that Arnulf's hagiographers claim Joseph of Arimathea for his ancestor. (Thus, Rosenwein sees here a king-priest apologia for Carolingian rule.) In this, these historians all point to the late reporting of the family's history. Paul the Deacon's Gesta Episcoporum Mettensium is the first source to name Ansegisel as Arnulf's son. Paul was a court favorite of Charlemagne and the Gesta dates from the 780s. Similarly, John of Gorze's Vita Chrodegangi Episcopi Mettensis, Angalram's Catalogus Episcoporum Mettensium and Annales Xantenses are late sources. Wemple, on the other hand, presents the traditional view; that is, through politic alliances, the Pippinids were strong enough to finally dispatch the Merovingian rule. [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
    Family ID F3285  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Metz Cathderal, Metz, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    How beautiful upon the mountains
    are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
    who publishes salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Late Merovingian France: History and Hagiography, 640-720, Paul Fouracre, Richard A. Gerberding, ed., (Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1996), ISBN-13: 978-0719047916., 311.
      "St. Arnulf has generally been considered Ansegisel's father and thus Arnulf's large holdings between Metz and Verdun could reflect the family's landed origins. The familial connection between Ansegisel and Arnulf, however, seems to have been the result of later Carolingian desire to have Arnulf as the family's holy patriarch, and although much land around Metz did come under Pippinid control, this seems to have happened after the 670s, when the Pippinids returned to power."

    2. [S15] Charlemagne and Louis the Pious: Lives by Einhard, Notker, Ermoldus, Thegan, and the Astronomer, Thomas F. X. Noble, (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2009), Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-03573-4., 195, n. 1.
      "Arnulf was critically important in Frankish politics in the first decades of the seventh century. He was bishop of Metz from 614 to 629. He retired as a recluse near the convent of Remiremont and died around 640. It was only at the end of the eigth century that sources with connections to the Carolingian court began to claim Arnulf as an ancestor of Charlemagne."

    3. [S16] Property and Power in the Early Middle Ages, Wendy Davies, Paul Fouracre, ed., (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2002), ISBN: 9780521522250., 32.
      "[T]he Pippinid family, as it came to be remembered, is a construct of its Carolingian descendants. There is nothing before the days of Paul the Deacon to suggest that Arnulf was the father of Ansegisel."

    4. [S18] Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe, Barbara H. Rosenwein, (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999), 127.
      "[T]he Gesta presents a vision of two intertwined careers springing from the seed of Arnulf: bishop of Metz and king of the Franks. Allied by common purpose, they [Chlodulf and Ansegisel] triumphed in each other's victories and found protection in the same saintly patron." (parenthetical information added)

    5. [S17] Women in Frankish Society: Marriage and the Cloister, 500 to 900, Suzanne Fonay Wemple, (University Station, PA: Penn State University Press), ISBN 978-0-8122-1209-9., 54.
      "When Begga, the daughter of the Austrasian mayor Pepin the Elder (d. 640), married Ansegisel, the son of Arnulf of Metz, the acendancy of the northeastern region over other parts of the kingdom was assured. This matrimonial alliance prepared the way for the replacement of the Merovingian ruling house by the Carolingian dynasty. The circumstances leading to this alliance are well known to historians. Almost as important was the union of Begga's and Ansegisel's son, Pepin the Middle (d. 714), and Plektrud, which has been analyzed by E. Hlawitschka. With the politcally powerful seneschal Hugobert as her father and the heiress Irmina as her mother, Plektrud was a coveted bride. Because she had only sisters and no brothers, she inherited vast domains in the country between the Rhine, the Moselle, and the Meuse, and these became the basis for her husban's political maneuvers. Her two sons futher enhanced Pepin's power by marrying women with political connections in the north and northwest. Drogo took as his wife Anstrud, the widow of Neustrian mayor of the palace; Grimoald married Theudesind, the daughter of the Frisian Chieftain. It was through the help of Drogo's mother-in-law Ansfled (Anseflidis) that Pepin was able to secure his hold over Neustria."