Blessed Yolanda of Poland (also known as Helen; 1235 – 11 June 1298) was the daughter of King Béla IV of Hungary and Maria Laskarina. She was the sister of Saint Margaret of Hungary and Saint Kinga (Cunegunda). One of her paternal aunts was the great Franciscan saint, Elizabeth of Hungary.

Blessed Yolanda
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Born1235
Esztergom
Died1298
Gniezno
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Beatified1827 (cultus confirmed)
Feast11 and 12 June
Yolanda of Poland
SpouseBolesław the Pious
IssueElisabeth, Duchess of Legnica
Hedwig, Queen consort of Poland
Anna of Kalisz
HouseÁrpád
FatherBéla IV of Hungary
MotherMaria Laskarina

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LifeEdit

As a young girl, Yolanda was sent to Poland to be tutored under the supervision of her sister, Kinga, who was married to the Duke of Poland. There, she was encouraged to marry Bolesław the Pious, which she did in 1257. They had three daughters:

During the time of her marriage, she was noted for her great services to the poor and needy of the country, as well as being a major benefactor of the monasteries, friaries and hospitals connected to them. Her husband gave her so much support in her charities that he earned the nickname "the Pious". She was widowed in 1279.

Religious workEdit

Following Boleslaus' death, Yolanda and Kinga, along with one of Yolanda's daughters, Anna, retired to the Poor Clare monastery that Kinga had founded in Sandez. Forced to relocate due to armed conflict in the region, Yolanda founded a new monastery in Gniezno. She was persuaded to become abbess of the community of nuns shortly before her death.

VenerationEdit

She has been declared a candidate for sainthood. Her sisters, Kinga and Margaret, have already been canonized.

AncestryEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • Helen of Poland
  • Cawley, Charles, Her listing along with her siblings . The project "involves extracting and analysing detailed information from primary sources, including contemporary chronicles, cartularies, necrologies and testaments.", Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy