Name: Saint Margaret (Princess) Hungary
Given Name: Saint Margaret (Princess)
Birth: 27 Jan 1242 in Klis, Split-Dalmatia, Croatia 1
Death: 18 Jan 1271 in Margaret Island, Budapest, Hungary 1
Event: Attributes: Depicted in a nun's habit, with a white lily and holding a
Feast 18 Jan
Note: book in her hand
Change Date: 6 Sep 2011 at 19:55
She was born in Klis Fortress as the eighth and last daughter (9th of 10 children) of the royal couple, when they lived in exile in Croatia during the Mongol invasion of Hungary (1241-42). Her parents vowed that if Hungary was liberated from the Mongols, they would dedicate the child to religion. Four-year-old Margaret entered the Dominican convent of Veszprém in 1245. Six years later she was transferred to the Convent of the Blessed Virgin founded by her parents on the Nyulak szigete ("Rabbits' Island") near Buda (today Margaret Island, named after her, and a part of Budapest. The ruins of the convent can still be seen.) She spent all her life here, dedicating herself to religion and opposing all attempts of her father to arrange a political marriage for her with King Ottokar II of Bohemia. She appears to have taken solemn vows when she was eighteen years old. Much of the details of her life are known from the Legend of Saint Margaret, written probably in the 14th century and translated from Latin to Hungarian in the 15th. The only remaining copy of the legend is in the Margaret Codex copied by the Dominican nun Lea Ráskay around 1510. According to the legend, Margaret chastised herself from early childhood, wore an iron girdle, hair garments and shoes spiked with nails. She also performed the dirtiest works in the convent
When the Dominican monastery was suppressed in 1782, her remains were given to the Poor Clares. They were kept in Pozsony (today Bratislava) and Buda. The relics were partly destroyed in 1789 (seven years after the suppression of all religious orders by Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, but some portions were preserved and are now kept in Esztergom, Gyor, and Pannonhalma.
Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-140-51312-4.
Father: Bela IV Arpad b: 11 Jan 1205 in Esztergom, Komarom-Esztergom, Hungary
Mother: Maria Laskaris b: 1206 in Nicaea, Bursa, Turkey
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