Elizabeth of Portugal
(God has sworn)
In Christian legend, patron saint of peacemakers.
Feast, 8 July.
Unhappily married to King Denis of Portugal, Elizabeth devoted her time to negotiating peace between rival elements in her society, such as Ferdinand IV of Castile and his cousin and Ferdinand and James II of Aragon.
After the death of her husband she retired to a convent and became a Poor Clare.
Schiller’s poem Fridolin recounts a legend in which Saint Elizabeth saved her servant from being murdered by her husband. In the poem, however, the setting is Germany, and the saint is called Die Gräfin
von Savern (The Countess of Savern).
In Spanish her name is Santa Isabel de Paz.