Blessed Isabella of France

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Isabelle of France; date unknown, artist unknown; Church of Notre-Dame de la Visitation, Rochefort, Belgium; photographed on 18 August 2013 by Vassil; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as



Born a princess, the daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile; sister of Saint Louis IX; aunt of Saint Louis of Tolouse. Declined a marriage offer from the German emperor in order to found a Poor Clare convent at Longchamps near Paris, France where she lived as a nun, though without taking vows. Circa 1259, Pope Alexander IV approved a Rule Isabella had written for what became the Order of the Humble Handmaidens of the Blessed Virgin Mary.






MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Isabella of France“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 June 2020. Web. 28 July 2021. <>