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Queen Saint Isabel
« on: August 12, 2005, 12:13:56 PM »
Since Cimbrio likes to know about Royal Saints and Martyrs, I start this topic about Queen Saint Isabel of Portugal.
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Re: Queen Saint Isabel
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2005, 12:27:19 PM »
St. Isabel of Portugal (1271–1336)


Queen consort of Portugal and a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church. She is also known as Queen Saint Isabel (in English, Elizabeth). She was named after her great-aunt, the great St. Elizabeth of Hungary.

The daughter of Pedro III, King of Aragon, and Constantia, grandchild of Emperor Frederick II, she was educated very piously, and led a life of strict regularity and self-denial from her childhood: she said the full Divine Office daily, fasted and did other penances, and gave up amusement.

Isabel was married very early to Diniz, King of Portugal, a poet and known as "The Farmer King", from his hard work in is country's service.
His morals, however, were extremely bad, and the court to which his young wife was brought consequently most corrupt. Nevertheless, Elizabeth quietly pursued the regular religious practices of her maidenhood, whilst doing her best to win her husband's affections by gentleness and extraordinary forbearance.

She was devoted to the poor and sick, and gave every moment she could spare to helping them, even pressing her court ladies into their service. Naturally, such a life was a reproach to many around her, and caused ill will in some quarters. A popular story is told of how her husband's jealousy was roused by an evil-speaking page; of how he condemned the queen's supposed guilty accomplice to a cruel death; and was finally convinced of her innocence by the strange accidental substitution of her accuser for the intended victim.

Diniz does not appear to have reformed in morals till late in life, when we are told that the saint won him to repentance by her prayers and unfailing sweetness. They had two children, a daughter Constantia and a son Affonso.

The latter so greatly resented the favours shown to the king's illegitimate sons that he rebelled, and in 1323 war was declared between him and his father. St. Isabel, however, rode in person between the opposing armies, and so reconciled her husband and son.

Diniz died in 1325, his son succeeding him as Affonso IV. St. Isabel then retired to a convent of Poor Clares which she had founded at Coimbra, where she took the Franciscan Tertiary habit, wishing to devote the rest of her life to the poor and sick in obscurity.

But she was called forth to act once more as peacemaker. In 1336 Affonso IV marched his troops against the King of Castile, to whom he had married his daughter Maria, and who had neglected and ill-treated her. In spite of age and weakness, the holy queen dowager insisted on hurrying to Estremoz, where the two king's armies were drawn up. She again stopped the fighting and caused terms of peace to be arranged.

But the exertion brought on her final illness; and as soon as her mission was fulfilled she died of a fever, full of heavenly joy, and exhorting her son to the love of holiness and peace.

St. Elizabeth was buried at Coimbra, and miracles followed her death. She was blessed by Leo X in 1516 and canonized by Urban VIII in 1625. Her feast is kept on 8 July.

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Re: Queen Saint Isabel
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2005, 12:54:43 PM »
St. Isabel of Portugal treating an sick woman

by Francisco Goya.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2005, 01:08:11 PM »
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Re: Queen Saint Isabel
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2005, 02:37:05 PM »
Muito obrigado Drand Duke! I will try to look for more info and also post it,
regards from your distant "cousin" from the North (Galicia).

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Re: Queen Saint Isabel
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2005, 04:12:58 PM »
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Muito obrigado Grand Duke! I will try to look for more info and also post it,
regards from your distant "cousin" from the North (Galicia).
Cimbrio


De nada, Cimbrio. I also will put some legends about this Lady.

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Re: Queen Saint Isabel
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2005, 05:03:36 PM »
The Miracle of the Roses

The most famous miracle about Queen St. Isabel is the "Miracle of the Roses".

The Queen was always helping the poor and sick but  King Diniz was getting irritated about it.

Someday, at a January morning, the Queen went to her charity activities. She put inside her clothes some breads and money to give to the poor.

Suddenly, her husband appeared and furious asked her:

- Where do you go? What do you hide inside your mantle?

The Queen, very upset, answered:

- Roses, my Lord! Roses!

She opened her mantle and, instead of breads and money, there were fresh roses! Fresh roses in January - it was a miracle!

Because of this famous episode, Queen St. Isabel is portraited with roses falling from her mantle.
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