Theresa of Portugal, Queen of León
|Theresa of Portugal|
Theresa in Genealogy of the Kings of Portugal (António de Holanda, 1530–1534)
|Queen consort of León|
|Born||4 October 1178|
Coimbra, Kingdom of Portugal
|Died||18 June 1250 (aged 71)|
Lorvão Abbey, Kingdom of Portugal
Lorvão Abbey, Portugal
Alfonso IX of León
(m. 1191; annulled 1196)
|House||Portuguese House of Burgundy|
|Father||Sancho I of Portugal|
|Mother||Dulce of Aragon|
Theresa of Portugal (European Portuguese: [tɨˈɾezɐ, tɨˈɾezɤ]; October 4, 1178 – June 18, 1250) was Queen of Léon as the first wife of King Alfonso IX of León. She was born at Coimbra, the oldest daughter of Sancho I of Portugal and Dulce of Aragon. When her marriage was annulled because of consanguinity, she retired to a convent. She was beatified in 1705.
Theresa was the mother to three of Alfonso's children—two daughters and a son, Ferdinand, who was the heir of the kingdom until his death in 1214—but when her marriage to Alfonso was declared invalid because they were first cousins, she returned to Kingdom of Portugal and lived in the Monastery of Lorvão, formerly under the Benedictine rule, which she converted into a Cistercian convent, with over 300 nuns.
In 1230, Alfonso died after having several children with a second wife, Queen Berengaria of Castile. This second marriage was also annulled because Berengaria was Alfonso's first cousin once removed. With two invalidated marriages, there was dispute among the children as to who would inherit the throne. Theresa stepped in and allowed Ferdinand III of Castile, Berengaria's eldest son, to take the throne of León. After the succession dispute, Theresa returned to Lorvão and finally took her convent vows after years of living as a nun. She died in the convent on June 18, 1250, of natural causes.
|Ancestors of Theresa of Portugal|
- "KINGS of CASTILE & LEÓN". fmg.ac. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
- "PORTUGAL". fmg.ac. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
- Online, Catholic. "St. Teresa of Portugal - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online". Catholic Online. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
Urraca López de Haro
| Queen consort of León
Berenguela of Castile