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 was angry.

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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Caroline 6 years ago

Sweet this helped a lot. TY!

dillin 6 years ago

This is my confirmation name! sweet!

Kate 5 years ago

I want to use this Saint for my confirmation name!!!

isabella 5 years ago

my confermation name!!!

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lilly 5 years ago

this was pritty helpful

nikkkkki. 5 years ago

what is her feast day? i have to fill out a form for conformation, please help!!

rosita 5 years ago

wow dis helped me a lot........thanks

Lily 5 years ago

That's od that he hit her but this is the name for me its sounds so kool I like it

IZZY 5 years ago

my name is isabella too!!

whatis she the saint of??

dear izzy 5 years ago

she is the saint of marriage

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Nicolette 4 years ago

This is my confirmation name bc due to her miracle with the roses I myself have had many dreams of roses and I am portuguese myself and she was the

queen of portugal so i feel somehow connected with her

Emme 4 years ago

Thanks, this helped a lot. I had to reasearch so much, and didn't have much time, and this just saved a lot of it.I guess this Is what i get when I procrastinate on my Confirmation Saint Name Project!

Georgina 4 years ago

This helped a TON now I can finish my conformation booklet

Ta x

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kurby90249 4 years ago

Isabella is my name. :)

Helping me with some work.

Kelly 2 years ago

Why did she become a saint

Smiley 2 years ago

What made her a saint

Samantha 2 years ago

How many isabella saints is there?

IZZY 2 years ago

Isabella is my name! :) When is her feast day?

Danessa Smith 2 years ago

Thank u so much for ur help

bella 2 years ago

why is she the saint of marriage

Caitlin louise 2 years ago

Tnks this my confirmation name it helped me so much for me research she sounds great what is her feast day does anyone know

Aliya 21 months ago

This helped so much. I am so glad Saint Isabella is my confirmation name she is was an amazing person.

Lilly 20 months ago

Her feast day is 4th of July. Thanks this helped heeps (:

Isabella 16 months ago

I love saint Isabella I did not know she is the saint of marrige

Isabella cardinali 15 months ago

I LOVE THIS ARTICLE IT HELPS ME FOR MY PROGECT!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE iT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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