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Ferdinand I (2 June 1423 – 25 January 1494), also called Ferrante, was the King of Naples from 1458 to 1494. He was the son of Alfonso V of Aragon and his mistress, Giraldona Carlino.


1 Biography 2 Ferdinand's reputation 3 Ancestors 4 Marriages and children 5 Notes 6 References 7 External links

Biography[edit] His mother was Gueraldona Carlino. In order to arrange a good future for Ferdinand, King Alfonso had him married in 1444 to a feudal heiress, Isabella of Clermont, who besides being the elder daughter of Tristan di Chiaramonte (Tristan de Clermont-Lodeve), Count of Copertino, and Catherine of Baux Orsini, was the niece and heiress presumptive of childless prince Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini
Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini
of Taranto. She was a granddaughter of Mary of Enghien, who had been queen consort of Naples between 1406 and 1414. Ferdinand's wife was the heiress presumptive of remarkable feudal possessions in Southern Italy. He used the title Ferdinand I, King of Naples and Jerusalem. In accordance with his father's will, Ferdinand succeeded Alfonso on the throne of Naples in 1458, when he was 35 years old. Pope Calixtus III, however, declared the line of Aragon extinct and the kingdom a fief of the church. Calixtus died before he could make good his claim (August 1458), and the new Pope Pius II
Pope Pius II
within the year publicly recognized Ferdinand's titles. In 1459, Ferdinand's rule was threatened by a long revolt of the barons. Among the leaders of revolt were Giovanni Antonio Orsini, prince of Taranto
and uncle of Ferdinand's wife. The rebels joined to offer the crown to John of Anjou, a son of the former king René. With the help of the Genoese, John brought a fleet and landed, slowly taking some towns including Nocera. On July 7, 1460, Ferdinand was defeated by John in the plain beside the mouth of the Sarno River south of Mount Vesuvius. Ferdinand was nearly captured and escaped with a guard of only twenty men. The pope and the duke of Milan sent reinforcements under the count of Urbino Federico da Montefeltro
Federico da Montefeltro
and condottiero Alessandro Sforza, but these arrived after the defeat and were themselves crushed by John's ally Piccinino at San Fabriano.[1] Despite subsequently receiving the surrender of most of the strongholds in Campania, John did not immediately march on Naples and Ferdinand and his wife Isabella were able to hold it and slowly regain their position. Isabella appears to have been responsible for dissuading Orsini from supporting John and Genoa removed their assistance. The papacy, Milan, and the Albanian chief Skanderbeg—who came to the aid of the prince whose father had aided him—provided forces which decisively defeated John's land forces at Troia on August 18, 1462. His fleet was finally demolished by the combined forces of Ferdinand and King Juan II of Aragon off Ischia in July 1465.[2] By 1464, Ferdinand had re-established his authority in the kingdom, although some antipathy by the barons remained. In 1478 he allied himself with Pope Sixtus IV
Pope Sixtus IV
against Lorenzo de' Medici, but the latter journeyed alone to Naples where he succeeded in negotiating an honorable peace with Ferdinand.

Crown issued by Ferdinand I of Naples

The original intent of making Taranto
as his and his heirs' main principality was not any longer current, but still it was a strengthening of Ferdinand's resources and position that his wife in 1463 succeeded her uncle Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini
Giovanni Antonio del Balzo Orsini
as possessor of the rich Taranto, Lecce and other fiefs in Apulia. Isabella became also the holder of Brienne rights to the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Ferdinand's wife Isabella's had died in 1465, and by 1476, Ferdinand had remarried Joanna of Aragon, his first cousin. In 1480, forces of the Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
under orders of Mehmed II captured Otranto, and massacred the majority of the inhabitants, but in the following year it was retaken by Ferdinand's son Alphonso, duke of Calabria. In 1482, abandoning his traditional position of paladin of the Papal States, he fought alongside Ferrara
and Milan against the alliance of Sixtus IV and the Republic of Venice
Republic of Venice
(see War of Ferrara).

Esortazione di insorgere contro i baroni ribelli, 1486

Ferdinand's oppressive government led in 1485 to a reinvigorated rebellion of the aristocracy, known as the Conspiracy of the Barons, which included Francesco Coppola and Antonello Sanseverino of Salerno and supported by Pope Innocent VIII. Coppola and Antonello Petrucci were arrested during a wedding at Castel Nuovo, and subsequently executed. Ultimately this uprising was crushed, many of the nobles, notwithstanding Ferdinand's signing of a general amnesty, were afterwards jailed and executed at his command. In December 1491 Ferdinand was visited by a group of pilgrims on their return from the Holy Land. This group was led by William I, Landgrave of Hesse. Encouraged by Ludovico Sforza
Ludovico Sforza
of Milan, in 1493 King Charles VIII of France was preparing to invade Italy for the conquest of Naples and starting the Italian Wars, and Ferdinand realized that this was a greater danger than any he had yet faced. With almost prophetic instinct he warned the Italian princes of the calamities in store for them, but his negotiations with Pope Alexander VI
Pope Alexander VI
and Ludovico Sforza failed. He died on 25 January 1494, worn out with anxiety; he was succeeded by his son, Alphonse, Duke of Calabria, who was soon deposed by the invasion of King Charles which his father had so feared. The cause of his death was determined, in 2006, to have been colorectal cancer (mucinous adenocarcinoma type with mutation in the KRas gene), by examination of his mummy. His remains show levels of carbon 13 and nitrogen 15 consistent with historical reports of considerable consumption of meat.[3] Ferdinand's reputation[edit]

Contemporary bust of Ferdinand I of Naples

According to the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, "Ferdinand was gifted with great courage and real political ability, but his method of government was vicious and disastrous. His financial administration was based on oppressive and dishonest monopolies, and he was mercilessly severe and utterly treacherous towards his enemies." Ferdinand had many enemies, especially considering his kingdom's importance to other rulers, and he was ruthless in response to any perceived slight. He even fiercely plotted against Pope Alexander VI, after he realized that the pontiff could not secure his position.[4] As further testimony to the latter, Jacob Burckhardt described his recreational activities as follows: "Besides hunting, which he practiced regardless of all rights of property, his pleasures were of two kinds: he liked to have his opponents near him, either alive in well-guarded prisons, or dead and embalmed, dressed in the costume which they wore in their lifetime."[5] Fearing no one, he would take great pleasure in conducting his guests on a tour of his prized "museum of mummies". Ancestors[edit]

Ancestors of Ferdinand I of Naples

16. Henry II of Castile

8. John I of Castile

17. Joan Manuel of Castile

4. Ferdinand I of Aragon

18. Peter IV of Aragon

9. Eleanor of Aragon

19. Eleanor of Sicily

2. Alfonso V of Aragon

20. Alfonso XI of Castile

10. Sancho Alfonso, 1st Count of Alburquerque

21. Eleanor of Guzman

5. Eleanor of Alburquerque

22. Peter I of Portugal

11. Beatrice of Portugal

23. Inês de Castro

1. Ferdinand I of Naples

3. Giraldona Carlino

Marriages and children[edit] Ferdinand married twice.

First to Isabella of Clermont in 1444. Isabel was daughter to Tristan de Clermont, Count di Copertino
and Caterina Orsini. She died in 1465. They had six children:

Alfonso II of Naples
Alfonso II of Naples
(4 November 1448 – 18 December 1495). Eleanor of Naples
Eleanor of Naples
(22 June 1450 – 11 October 1493). She was consort to Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara
and mother to Isabella d'Este
Isabella d'Este
and Beatrice d'Este. Frederick IV of Naples
Frederick IV of Naples
(19 April 1452 – 9 November 1504). John of Naples (25 June 1456 – 17 October 1485). Later Archbishop of Taranto, then Cardinal, and Archbishop of Esztergom (1480–1485) until his death. Beatrice of Naples
Beatrice of Naples
(14 September/16 November 1457 – 23 September 1508). She was Queen consort
Queen consort
to Matthias Corvinus of Hungary
Matthias Corvinus of Hungary
and later to Vladislaus II of Bohemia and Hungary. Francis of Naples, Duke of Sant Angelo (16 December 1461 – 26 October 1486).

Second to Joanna of Aragon (1454 – 9 January 1517). She was born to John II of Aragon
John II of Aragon
and Juana Enríquez, his second wife. She was a full sister of King Ferdinand II of Aragon
Ferdinand II of Aragon
(died 1516) and a half sister of the unfortunate Prince Charles of Viana
Charles of Viana
(1421–1461), John II's son by his first marriage. Joanna and Ferdinand I were married on 14 September 1476. They had two children:

Joanna of Naples (1478 –married 1496 - 27 August 1518). Queen consort to Ferdinand II of Naples
Ferdinand II of Naples
(1469–1496), who, as the son of Ferdinand I's son Alfonso II of Naples
Alfonso II of Naples
(1458 - king 1494 - 1495 in Messina), was also her half-nephew. No issue. Charles of Naples (1480–1486).

Ferdinand also had a number of illegitimate children:

By his concubine Diana Guardato, a member of the aristocratic Patriacian family of the Kingdom of Naples:

Ferdinando d' Aragona y Guardato, 1st Duke of Montalto, who married 1st, Anna Sanseverino, 2nd, Castellana de Cardona. Maria d'Aragona, who married Antonio Todeschini Piccolomini, Duke of Amalfi, a nephew of Pope Pius II
Pope Pius II
and brother of Pope Pius III. Giovanna d' Aragona, who married Leonardo della Rovere, Duke of Arce and Sora, a nephew of Pope Sixtus IV
Pope Sixtus IV
and brother of Pope Julius II.

By his concubine Eulalia Ravignano:

Maria d'Aragona, who married Gian Giordano Orsini.

By his concubine Giovanna Caracciolo:

Ferdinand d'Aragona, Count of Arsena. Arrigo d'Aragona, Marquess of Gerace. Cesare d'Aragona, Marquess of Santa Agata. Leonor d'Aragona. Alonso d'Aragona, bastard of Aragona (1460–1510), who married Charla of Lusignan (1468 – in prison in Padua, 1480), daughter of King James II of Cyprus. Lucrezia d'Aragona, daughter of either Giovanna Caracciola or Eulalia Ravignano, was consort to Onorato III, Prince of Altamura.


^ History of the City of Rome in the Middle Ages, p. 186. ^ Modern Europe, by Thomas Henry Dyer, Page 103-105. ^ Ottini L, Falchetti M, Marinozzi S, Angeletti LR, Fornaciari G (2010) Gene-environment interactions in the pre-Industrial Era: the cancer of King Ferrante I of Aragon (1431-1494). Hum. Pathol. ^ Br. J.B. Darcy, CFC, What you don't know about the Borgia Pope: Alexander VI (1492-1503) (Catholic Insight). Quote: "Guiliano immediately began to plot with King Ferrante of Naples against the Pope. I have mentioned already that Ferrante refused to acknowledge that he held his kingdom as a fief of the Papacy. Whether he was as evil a man as history has depicted him is hard to say, but he was certainly an ambitious, treacherous person. Determined to extend his rule to parts of the Papal States, he was blocked at every turn by Alexander. To obtain the Pope's approval for his plans, he offered his granddaughter in marriage to Jofre, the Pope's grandnephew but was refused. Finally, he decided that, to make any progress, he had to get rid of his nemesis. For this purpose, to convince the rulers to depose the Pope, he began to write a series of letters to his relatives, the sovereigns of Europe, accusing Alexander of all sorts of evil conduct, particularly of obtaining the papacy by simony." ^ Jacob Burkhardt, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, 1.5 - The Greater Dynasties

References[edit]  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ferdinand I. of Naples". Encyclopædia Britannica. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 263–264.  External links[edit]

Marek, Miroslav. "His descent from Ferdinand IV of Castile". Genealogy.EU. 

Ferdinand I of Naples House of Trastámara Born: 2 June 1423 Died: 25 January 1494

Regnal titles

Preceded by Alfonso I King of Naples 1458–1494 Succeeded by Alfonso II

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 13189178 ISNI: 0000 0000 6126 9792 GND: 12237768