Arnold Zumbrunnen, or Arnoldus, was born in the early-to-mid 1200s. He was among the first Zumbrunnen to be mentioned in the records of the famous church, the Fraumünster of Zürich. For much of the Middle Ages, the Fraumünster “owned” most of the land in central Switzerland. Arnold held something akin to a fiefdom to control this land on the Fraumünster’s behalf.
He lived until at least 1257, the year in which he’s mentioned in the Fraumünster’s records. Holding a fief of the Fraumünster was a position of prominence, though not as high as being a baron. That Arnold held such a fief is significant as he was not a member of the main line of the family, but rather a secondary branch. This shows that from the very beginning, the Zumbrunnen family’s influence did not only apply through primogeniture.
Name: Arnold Zumbrunnen
Birth: Early-to-mid 1200s
Residence: Attinghausen area
Offices: Fief of the Fraumunster, 1257
Death: After 1257
Father: Herman Zumbrunnen
Siblings: None known
Children: Abbot Conrad Zumbrunnen