Mafalda de Portugal, reina consorte de Castilla

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About Mafalda de Portugal, reina consorte de Castilla

El matrimonio del rey se celebró en la ciudad de Burgos antes del día 29 de agosto, aunque nunca fue consumado y fue anulado al año siguiente, en 1216, por el papa Inocencio III, debido al grado de parentesco que había entre ambos cónyuges.

Born a princess, the daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal. Sister of Saint Theresa of Portugal and Saint Sancha of Portugal. Portugal was involved in a war to reclaim the Iberian peninsula from the Moors, and to seal an alliance with the neighboring kingdom of Castile, a marriage was arranged between Mafalda and King Henry I of Castile even though he was a small boy and she was around 30. They were married in 1215, but Pope Innocent III annuled the marriage in 1216 because they were actually related. Mafalda returned to Portugal in 1222, entering the Benedictine convent in Arouca. In 1223 she helped introduce the Cistercian Rule to the convent, and was known for her strict adherence to the Cistercian way. Helped restore the cathedral in Oporto, Portugal, and founded a hospice for pilgrims and a hospital for poor widows in Arouca.

Beatified 14 March 1792 by Pope Pius VI (cultus confirmation) Readings

Lord, I hope for you. – Blessed Mafalda’s dying words

MLA Citation

“Blessed Mafalda of Portugal“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 November 2016. Web. 21 March 2017. <>

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Mafalda de Portugal, reina consorte de Castilla's Timeline

Coimbra, Coimbra District, Portugal
May 1, 1256
Age 59
Amarente, Oporto, Portugal
Arouca, Aveiro, Portugal