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King Ferdinand V (Spain) Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: 03/10/1452 in Sos del Rey Católico, Spain
Died: 01/23/1516 in Madrigalejo, Extremadura, Spain
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King Ferdinand  V (1452-1516) was bornon March 10, 1452 in Sos del Rey Catolico (then called only "Sos"), in Aragon, to John II of Aragon and his second wife Juana Enriquez. Ferdinand was in his own right the King of Sicily from 1468 and King of Aragon from 1479. He married Infanta Isabella, the half-sister and heiress of Henry IV of Castile on October 19, 1469 in Valladolid. Isabella and Fernando belonged to the royal House of Trastamara and the two were cousins by descent from John I of Castile. They were married with a very clear prenuptial agreement on sharing power and under the joint motto "tanto monta, monta tanto". Therefore, as a consequence of his marriage to Isabella I, he was King of Castile jure uxoris as Ferdinand V from 1474 until the queen's death in 1504. He was recognized as regent of Castile for his daughter and heir, Joanna, from 1508 until his own death. After a war with France he became King of Naples as Ferdinand III, reuniting Naples with Sicily eternally and for the first time since 1458. Also, in 1512 he became King of Navarre by conquest after asserting a hereditary claim. Ferdinand is very well known for his role in inaugurating the discovery of the New World, since he and Isabella sponsored the first voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492. On that same year, he also fought the final war with Granada, which expunged the last Islamic state on Spanish soil, thus bringing to a close the centuries of long reconquering. King Ferdinand V wanted so much to have an heir with Queen Isabella, and even though they had 6 children their only son, who survived to adulthood, died at age 19. After Queen's own death in 1504, her kingdom went to their daughter Joanna, King Ferdinand served as the latter's regent during her absence in the Netherlands, ruled by her husband Archduke Philip. The king then attempted to retain the regency permanently, but was rebuffed by the Castilian nobility and replaced with Joanna's husband, who became Philip I of Castile. King Ferdinand V did not agree with his policies and foreignness, and hoping to have an heir, he remarried to Germaine of Foix in 1505, who was the granddaughter of his half-sister Queen Eleanor of Navarre and niece of Louis XII of France, however, his wish to father an heir of Aragon never occurred. After Philip's death in 1506, with Joanna apparently mentally ill and her and Philip's son, the future Emperor Charles V, only six years old, Ferdinand resumed the regency ruling through Francisco Jimenez de Cisneros, the Chancellor of the Kingdom. Charles I (later Holy Roman Emperor Charles V) became King of Aragon in 1516, with his mother Joanna known as "The Mad" Queen in name upon King Ferdinand V passing on January 23, 1516 in Madrigalejo, Extremadura. He is entombed at the Royal Chapel of Granada in Andalucia.

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