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Saint Isabella of Portugal

Updated on August 13, 2010

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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      Isabella cardinali 2 years ago

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      Isabella 2 years ago

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

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      Lilly 2 years ago

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

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      Aliya 2 years ago

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

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      Caitlin louise 3 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

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      bella 3 years ago

      why is she the saint of marriage

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      Danessa Smith 3 years ago

      Thank u so much for ur help

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      IZZY 3 years ago

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

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      Samantha 3 years ago

      How many isabella saints is there?

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      Smiley 3 years ago

      What made her a saint

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      Kelly 3 years ago

      Why did she become a saint

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      kurby90249 5 years ago

      Isabella is my name. :)

      Helping me with some work.

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      Georgina 5 years ago

      This helped a TON now I can finish my conformation booklet

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      Emme 5 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!

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      Nicolette 6 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

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      dear izzy 6 years ago

      she is the saint of marriage

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      IZZY 6 years ago

      my name is isabella too!!

      whatis she the saint of??

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      Lily 6 years ago

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

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

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      nikkkkki. 6 years ago

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

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      lilly 7 years ago

      this was pritty helpful

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      isabella 7 years ago

      my confermation name!!!

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      Kate 7 years ago

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

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      dillin 7 years ago

      This is my confirmation name! sweet!

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      Caroline 7 years ago

      Sweet this helped a lot. TY!