Saint Amelia, Queen of Hungary is an 1834 painting by French Romantic artist Paul Delaroche. This work is located in a Private Collection.
Saint Amelia, Queen of Hungary
Saint Amelia, Queen of Hungary, was born around 975 and lived during the 10th and 11th centuries. She is also known as Saint Amalberga of Temse. Amelia was a noblewoman by birth, being the daughter of Count Witgar of Germany. She married Saint Stephen I of Hungary, the first King of Hungary and a significant figure in the country’s Christianization.
Amelia and Stephen were married in 996, and together they played crucial roles in the establishment and promotion of Christianity in Hungary. Stephen, having been crowned as the first Christian king of Hungary in 1000, worked diligently to convert the pagan Magyar population to Christianity. Amelia supported her husband in his efforts and contributed to the Christianization process.
The couple had one son, Saint Emeric, who is also venerated as a saint. Tragically, Saint Emeric predeceased his father, dying in a hunting accident. This loss deeply affected Stephen and Amelia.
After Stephen’s death in 1038, Amelia withdrew from court life and devoted herself to religious activities and charitable works. She distributed her wealth to the poor and embraced a life of piety and prayer.
Saint Amelia is often remembered for her kindness, humility, and dedication to Christian virtues. Her life exemplifies the commitment of medieval European royalty to the Christianization of their realms and the cultivation of piety.
Amelia was canonized as a saint by Pope Clement III in 1087, recognizing her holiness and the impact she had on the spread of Christianity in Hungary. Her feast day is celebrated on July 10th in the Roman Catholic calendar.
The cult of Saint Amelia continued to flourish in Hungary and in regions influenced by Hungarian Christianity. She remains an important figure in Hungarian Christian history, and her life is commemorated as an integral part of the country’s religious heritage.