quarta-feira, 25 de agosto de 2010

August Break #22 | São Rosas


Legend has it that King Dinis was informed about the charity actions performed by Queen Isabel and the expenses done at the cost of the royal treasure.
One day the King decided to surprise the Queen in one of her usual walks through the countryside to distribute alms and food among the poor and the needy, he noticed that she was trying to conceal what she was carrying in her lap, and so he asked her where she was going and what was she carrying, to what she answered that she was going to the monastery to decorate the altars.
But the King was not pleased with the Queen's answer and asked to see what she was carrying. After some awkwardness, the Queen aswered "They are roses, my Lord!". Suspicious, the King accused her of lying for it was not possible to have roses in January. The he forced her to show what was hiden inside her robes.
Queen Isabel open her arms and before astonished eyes roses fall into the floor. Miraculously, the bread that she had concealed in her robes had been transformed into roses. The King was speechless and asked the Queen for forgiveness who continue with her charity work.
The news of the miracle was told from mouth to ear throughout the City of Coimbra and the people proclaimed Saint Queen Isabel.

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Reza a lenda que o rei D. Dinis foi informado sobre as acções de caridade da rainha D. Isabel e das despesas que implicavam para o tesouro real. Um dia, o rei decidiu surpreender a rainha numa das suas habituais caminhadas para distribuir esmolas e pão aos necessitados. Reparou que ela procurava disfarçar o que levava no regaço. D. Dinis perguntou à rainha onde ia e ela respondeu que se dirigia ao mosteiro para ornamentar os altares. Não satisfeito com a resposta, o rei pediu para ver o que ela levava. Após alguns momentos de atrapalhação, D. Isabel respondeu: "São rosas, meu senhor!". Desconfiado, o rei acusou-a de estar a mentir, uma vez que não era possível haver rosas em Janeiro. Obrigou-a, então, a abrir o manto e revelar o que estava lá escondido. A rainha Isabel mostrou, perante os olhos espantados de todos, as belíssimas rosas que guardava no regaço. Por milagre, o pão que levava escondido tinha-se transformado em rosas. O rei ficou sem palavras e acabou por pedir perdão à rainha que prosseguiu com a sua intenção. A notícia do milagre correu a cidade de Coimbra e o povo proclamou Santa a rainha Isabel de Portugal.

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