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July 4 - Saint Elizabeth of Portugal breski1 Elisabet of Portugal Elizabeth of Aragon Isabel of Portugal Isabella of Portugal The Peacemaker Memorial 4 July 5 July (USA) formerly 8 July Profile…More
July 4 - Saint Elizabeth of Portugal breski1
Elisabet of Portugal
Elizabeth of Aragon
Isabel of Portugal
Isabella of Portugal
The Peacemaker
Memorial
4 July
5 July (USA)
formerly 8 July
Profile
Princess. Daughter of King Pedro III of Aragon and Constantia; great-granddaughter of Emperor Frederick II. Great-niece of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, for whom she was named. She had a pious upbringing with daily liturgy and praying of the hours, regular religious instruction and education. Married at age twelve to King Diniz of Portugal, and thus Queen of Portugal before she was a teenager.
The king was known for his hard work, his poetic nature, and his lack of morals. Elizabeth suffered through years of abuse and adultery, praying all the while for his conversion, and working with the poor and sick. Mother of two, Princess Constantia and Prince Affonso. She sometimes convinced the ladies of the court to help with her charity work, but most of the time she just incurred their jealousy and ill will. The king appears to have reformed late in life, though whether from Elizabeth’s faith or his imminent death is unknown.
Prince Affonso rebelled against the favours that King Diniz bestowed on his illegitimate sons, and in 1323 forces of the king and prince clashed in open civil war. Though she had been unjustly accused of siding with her son against the crown, Elizabeth rode onto the battlefield between them, and was able to reconcile father and son, and prevent bloodshed. This led to her patronage as a peacemaker, and as one invoked in time of war and conflict.
After the death of the king in 1325, she distributed her property to the poor, became a Franciscan tertiary, and retired to a monastery of Poor Clares she had founded at Coimbra.
In 1336 her son, now King Affonso IV, marched against his son-in-law, the King of Castile to punish him for being a negligent and abusive husband. Despite her age and ill health, Elizabeth hurried to the battlefield at Estremoz, Portugal, and again managed to make peace in her family, and thus maintain peace in her land.
Born
1271 at Aragon, Spain
Died
4 July 1336 at Estremoz, Portugal of fever
buried at the monastery of Coimbra, Portugal
miracles reported at her tomb
body found incorrupt when examined in 1612 as part of the canonization process
Beatified
15 April 1516 by Pope Leo X
Canonized
24 June by Pope Urban VIII
Patronage
against jealousy
brides
charitable societies
charitable workers
charity workers
charities

Coimbra, Portugal
difficult marriages
falsely accused people
invoked in time of war
peace

queens
tertiaries
victims of adultery
victims of jealousy
victims of unfaithfulness
widows
Representation
Franciscan nun rose in her hand
Franciscan nun with a beggar nearby
Franciscan nun with a jug in her hand
Franciscan tertiary nun
woman carrying roses in her lap in winter
woman crowned with roses