On another occasion, she rode to Estremoz despite being
ill to keep the army of Affonso, by then Affonso IV,
from fighting that of Castile. Affonso, angry at the
mistreatment his daughter Maria was suffering at the
hands of her husband, the king of Castile, had ordered
an attack. Isabel stopped the fighting, but the
exertion proved to be too much for her and she fell
ill, dying shortly thereafter.
Isabel was buried in Coimbra. She was canonized in
1625 by Urban VIII, and her feast day is July 8.
Many Portuguese and Portuguese-American
organizations bear her name. It is because of
St. Isabel that there are queens of the Festa
When St. Isabel was reining, she would give a
poor little girl her crown and cape for a day
and there would be a big religious Festa with
Sopas for all. The Festas today still carry
on this great tradition.
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