Saint Isabella was born in the year 1291 in a town in Spain called Aragon. Her father was the king of Aragon and his name was Pedro. Saint Isabella of Portugal was brought to Mass every day by her family and had set hours for prayer time. She was educated well and received much religious counsel from priests and nuns. If somebody you known is getting ready to celebrate marriage, tell the bride to pray to Saint Isabella because she is the patron saint of brides.
Saint Isabella of Portugal was married young, at the age of just twelve. Her husband was King Diniz, who was a ruler in Portugal at the time. This made Isabella the Queen of Portugal.
Diniz was a great poet and worked hard at all he did, but had absolutely no morals in his life whatsoever. Diniz slept with many other women during their marriage and even beat Isabella at times.
Diniz and his son Affonso, who was a prince, had a clash over Diniz and his many other children that he had with other women. This conflict between the two turned into a battle, and Isabella put an end to it. She made sure that no blood was shed over their petty argument.
Diniz would pass away in 1325, and this left Isabella with all their possessions. She gave away nearly all their land to the less privileged. She joined the Franciscan tertiaries and lived the rest of her life at a monastery.
The last thing that Isabella would do for others in her time was to break up another battle started by her son Affonso, the king at that point in time. Saint Isabella would pass away in the year 1336 on July 4th, due to a high fever. She was canonized a saint by Pope Urban VIII in 1625.
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