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Ansegis(el) (c. 602-bef679)

1. Ansegis(el), son of St. Arnulf, Bishop of METZ (582-640) and Doda (586-612), was born circa 0602. He died before 0679. He married Abbess Begga of Andenne.


Ansegisel (also Ansgise) (c.602-before 679) was the son of Saint Arnulf, bishop of Metz and his wife Doda. He served King Sigbert III of Austrasia (634-656) as a duke (Latin dux, a military leader) and domesticus. He was killed sometime before 679, slain in a feud by his enemy Gundewin.


Abbess Begga of Andenne and Ansegis(el) had the following children:


Pepin II, Duke of Austrasie (c. 635-714). Pepin was born circa 0635. He died on 16 December 0714.

Second Generation

2. St. Arnulf, Bishop of METZ was born on 13 August 0582. He died on 16 August 0640. He married Doda.


St. Arnulf was the great-great-great-grandson of Clovis, Merovingian King of the Franks, whose grandfather was himself Merovee. His descendents can thus claim to be of Merovingian descent.


Arnulf of Metz (August 13, 582 – August 16, 640) was a Frankish noble who had great influence in the Merovingian kingdoms as a bishop and was later canonized as a saint. He is also known by his anglicized name, Arnold. Arnulf of Metz is one of several saints who may be known as Saint Arnold[1].

He was born near Nancy. Arnulf gave distinguished service at the Austrasian court under Theudebert II (595-612). At the age of thirty he wanted to retire from public life. Instead, in 614, he was made bishop of Metz, even though he was still a layman at the time. In 613, Arnulf and Pippin of Landen, 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.

From 623 (with Pippin of Landen, then the Mayor of the Palace), Arnulf was an adviser to Dagobert I. He retired in 627 to a mountain site in the Vosges, to implement his lifelong resolution to become a hermit. His friend Romaric had preceded him to the mountains and had already established the monastery of Remiremont there. Arnulf settled there, and remained there until his death twelve years later.

Arnulf was canonized as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church and is known as a patron saint of brewing. His feast day is either July 18 or August 16. In iconography, he is portrayed with a rake in his hand and is often confused in legend with Arnold of Soissons, who is another patron saint of brewing. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston, Texas, named after the saint, lists itself as the state's oldest microbrewery.


While Arnulf is recognised as one of the earliest documented ancestors of Charlemagne, to which the Carolingians themselves traced their ancestry,[1] and thereby of most modern European royal families, Arnulf's own parentage is both uncertain and undocumented. Some have claimed that Arnulf's father was Arnoldus (c.535–600), and that his mother was Ada of Swabia. This Arnoldus is sometimes said to be the son of Ausbert, the Senator of Moselle and Bertha of Kent, daughter of Charibert, King of Paris. Others, professing to quote Frankish legends, make Arnulf the son of Bodegisel. Still others have claimed that Arnulf's mother was Bertha, Princess of Paris (539–640).

Arnulf's more distant descent from a 4th-century "Mellobaude" may be a genealogical fantasy to flatter the Carolingians. Gothic names may be recognized in the following list, none of whom are attested in a near-contemporary source:

* Mellobaude (320-376)
* Richemir of the Sicambrian Franks (350-384) married Ascyla (d.352)
* Theodemir of Toxandria,[2] in the genealogies "Theodimir Magnus", (370-414) married Valentina Justina (d.414)
* Clovis the Ripuarian[3] (398-448) married Ildegonde de Cologne (399-450)
* Childebert of Cologne (430-483) married Amalaberge (435-478)
* Siegbert the Lame (murdered 509)
* Cloderic of Cologne (477-509) also known as Cloderic "the Parricide"
* Munderic (500-532) married Arthenia (500)
* Bodegisel I married Palatina
* Bodegisel II (d.588) married Oda of Suevia
* Arnulf (582-641) married Dode (586-612)

For a fuller discussion of this "Arnulfing Ancestry" see the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA. Kelly, David H. Genealogical Research in England vol. 101 [April 1947]:109-113; ibid, Chart:113.


3. Doda was born in 0586. She died in 0612. She and St. Arnulf, Bishop of METZ had the following children:



Ansegis(el) (c. 602-bef679)