Elizabeth of Aragon

Elizabeth Of Aragon

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Elizabeth of Aragon, also known as Saint Elizabeth of PortugalThe name given to her in the Roman Missal (1271 – 4 July 1336) (Elisabet in Catalan, Isabel in Aragonese, Portuguese and Spanish), was queen consort of Portugal and is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.


Elizabeth was a descendant of one of the most powerful families in Europe: daughter of King Peter III of Aragon and Queen Constance, and maternal granddaughter of Manfred of Hohenstauffen (son of German Emperor Frederick II), conqueror of Sicily.

Elizabeth showed an early enthusiasm for religion. She said the full Divine Office daily, fasted and did other penance, as well as attended twice-daily choral mass.


Her marriage to King Denis of Portugal was contracted in 1281 when she was less than ten years old, receiving the towns of Óbidos, Abrantes and Porto de Mós as part of her dowry. Denis, a poet and statesman, known as the Rei Lavrador (), because he planted a large pine forest near Leiria to prevent the soil degradation that threatened the region.

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