Arnold I (c. 1000 - 1151) was the Archbishop of Cologne from 1138 until 1151.

Early lifeEdit

Arnold's origins are unknown. Some legends state that he was a member of minor Lower Rhenish aristocracy, of a House called Randerath or Merxheim depending on the story. Arnold became the Provost of St. Andreas in Cologne in 1124.

Archbishop of CologneEdit

Following the deaths of two Colognian archbishops in 1137, Arnold was elected and recognised by the Holy Roman Emperor Conrad of Franconia in 1138. He protected the Jews of Cologne from mobs on the eve of the Second Crusade in 1146. Pope Eugene III suspended Arnold from duties for simony in 1150. Arnold died in Cologne in April 1151, and was buried in the abbacy of St. Andreas.

Preceded by:

Arnold I

Succeeded by:

Hugh of Sponheim Archbishop of Cologne
1138 - 1151
Arnold II of Wied

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