Arnulf of Metz was born about 580. He was apparently of a noble line, and was educated in both military and governmental matters. Although his lineage is not certain, it is probable that points to Clovis. His story is quite interesting, although not widely known.
Arnulf is the German spelling, and information can also be found under Arnoul of Metz, the French spelling. The franks were Germanic, and the area is now part of France. This small corner has changed hands in the past.
Arnulf was first educated in matters of the court of King Theodebert II of Austrasia. He served so well that be became one of the king’s ministers. He also became a military commander, so his service to the king was of multiple facets. His service did not end with Theodebert’s death.
One aspect of his life often omitted from short sources is his simple life and his use of his wealth to give alms to the poor. This is found in “The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints.”
Arnulf desired to become a monk, and planned to move to a monastery. His friend Romaricus had started a monastery, and he would likely have joined him earlier, except there were other needs.