Saint Isabella of Portugal
About Saint Isabella of Portugal
Saint Isabella of Portugal was born in Aragon, Spain in 1291. Her
mother and father were important figures in their town at the time. Her
father, Pedro, was the king of the city of Aragon. Her parents made
sure that St. Isabella of Portugal prayed every single day, and
brought her to church with them in the morning as well. She gained an
education mostly from religious clergy members, so she was smart in
books and faith.
Isabella was given in marriage
when so was only twelve years old, which sounds absurd by today's
standards. However, back then this was not uncommon. She was given in
marriage to King Diniz, the King of Portugal. She instantly became a
queen by marriage. Diniz was a hard-working fellow who had loves for
poetry and being king. His love for Isabella was, unfortunately, not as
much as his love for other things in life. Diniz was very terrible to
Isabella. He cheated on her many times and would often hit her when he
Diniz and Isabella had a son named
Affonso, who would get very angry when his father mistreated Isabella.
They argued one day and almost took it to another level. The two men
were prepared to fight each other over their argument. Isabella made
them stop, she was not willing to see a father and son fight. Diniz
would die in 1325, and that left Isabella with an abundance of money
and land. She promptly gave away nearly everything to the poor of
Portugal, and joined the Franciscans. She would spend her remaining
years in a monastery.
Affonso became king after his father's death, and he was not such a
wonderful ruler. Isabella did one last favor to the people of Portugal
before her passing, and that was to stop a ridiculous battle that
Affonso was prepared to enter. In 1336, Isabella would die because of a
high fever that she contracted from some sort of illness. In 1625, she
would be made a saint by Pope Urban VIII.
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