Saint Theresa of Portugal
- Also known as
Tarasia of Portugal
Teresa of Portugal
- 17 June
- Oldest daughter of King Sancho I.
Married King Alfonso IX of Leon, Spain, and they had children; northern Portugal formed part of her dowry.
However, several years into the marriage it was dissolved by the Vatican upon the revelation that Theresa and Alfonso were cousins.
Single again, Theresa returned to Portugal.
Converted the Benedictine monastery at Lorvao into a convent for 300 Cistercian nuns.
Theresa then moved into the convent, though she did not take vows.
In 1231 she left to settle a bitter succession dispute between her children over the throne of Leon.
With peace between them, she returned to the convent, took vows, and remained there as a nun for the rest of her life.
- 12th century Portugal
- 1250 of natural causes
- 20 May 1705 by Pope Clement XI (cultus confirmed)
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