Elizabeth of Hungary was a princess of the Kingdom of Hungary, Landgravine of Thuringia, Germany and a greatly venerated Catholic saint. Elizabeth was married at the age of 14, and widowed at 20. She was born: July 7, 1207, Sárospatak, Hungary& died: November 17, 1231, Marburg, Germany.
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Shortly after her marriage, Elizabeth and her husband Ludwig made a journey to Hungary; Ludwig was often employed by the Emperor Frederick II, to whom he was much attached, in the affairs of the empire. In the spring of 1226, floods, famine, and the pest wrought havoc in Thuringia. while Ludwig was in Italy. Thus, Elizabeth assumed control of affairs, and distributed alms in all parts of the territory of her husband, giving even state robes and ornaments to the poor. In order to care personally for the unfortunate she built below the Wartburg a hospital with twenty-eight beds and visited the inmates daily to attend to their wants; at the same time she aided nine hundred poor daily. St. Elizabeth is generally represented as a princess graciously giving alms to the wretched poor or as holding roses in her lap; in the latter case she is portrayed either alone or as surprised by her husband, who, according to a legend, met her unexpectedly as she went secretly on an errand of mercy, and, so the story runs, the bread she was trying to conceal was suddenly turned into roses.
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