Beer saint’s day: Arnulf of Metz

18th July, 2016 by Rupert Millar

Today is the feast day of Arnulf of Metz, a patron saint of brewers whose beer cup, according to legend, really did run over.

Born in Lorraine in around 580 AD, Arnulf was part of an important family who served the Merovingian Frankish kings of Austrasia.

Like fellow ‘beer saint’ Arnold of Soissons, Arnulf only devoted himself to God later in life first serving as a military commander and then a high ranking and powerful politician at the court of Theudebert II.

He married a noblewoman called Dode and had at least two sons. The eldest, Chlodulf, would follow in his father’s footsteps as bishop of Metz and the second son, Ansegisel, through his marriage to Begga (also later canonised) fathered the dynasty which would….

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