Blessed Beatrice of Schwabia
Germany circa 1200-Toro, Zamora(Spain) circa Nov. 5, 1235
And what is known as much in two thousand years of Christian saints who have always enjoyed greater popularity has been predominantly religious at all levels and martyrs of the early centuries. In the background are unfortunately always passed all those exemplary figures of married couples, that in married life have attempted to implement the so-called domestic Church, the Bride of Christ the Lord.any of the married couples who have been assigned a public worship are sovereign nations, but unfortunately, more often than not only the husband has had any popularity, as in cases of Charlemagne and Hildegard, Stephen and Gisella of Hungary, Etelberto and Berta of Kent.
Another case of an overlooked holy wife is the Queen Beatrice of Schwabia. Few are aware of certain facts about the short earthly life of this noble woman. She was born in Germany around 1200 in the famous family of Hohenstaufen, the fourth daughter of Philip of Schwabia (1180-1208), Duke of Schwabia, and Irene Angelo of Constantinople. Philip was in turn the son of Frederick I Barbarossa (1122-1190), Emperor of Germany. In the veins Beatrice flowed blood so imperial, she had the title of “Her Imperial Highness”.
One of the few dates known in her life is November 30 1219, the day of her marriage to King Ferdinand III of Castile and Leon, who is far more famous than she because his memory is linked to the reconquest of the Iberian peninsula to Christianity. From this happy union were born the future King Alfonso X, and nine other children: Fadrique, Fernando, Enrique, Felipe, Sancho, Manuel, Leonor, and María Berenguela.
Queen Beatrice was part of the Order of St. Mary of Mercy, founded in Spain by St. Peter Nolasco and particularly popular there. Her membership was as a tertiary, married woman. Thus, she preferred to land the heavenly goods; her glory was rewarded by God with a special crown, the halo of holiness. In 1235 or so, still not very advanced age, Beatrice died at Bulls, close to Zamora, and her remains were initially buried there. Ferdinand III was therefore a widower, and remarried; his second wife Juana de Ponthieu Montreueil had three children: Fernando, Leonor and Luis. When Ferdinand III died on May 30 1252, he was buried in the Cathedral of Seville, and the remains of his beloved Beatriz were placed next to him and began to be venerated by the faithful. She was popularly awarded the title of “Blessed” and as such is celebrated on November 5, although her cult remains limited locally and to the Mercedario. While her husband was officially canonized in 1671, Beatriz of Schwabia still waited for confirmation of worship.
As for the iconography of her relative, there are un’immaginetta part of a series of saints Mercedari and a stone sculpture of XIII century enshrined in the cloister of the Cathedral of Seville.
Author: Fabio Arduino