Ferdinand de la Cerda

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Ferdinand de la Cerda
Sepulcro de Don Fernando de la Cerda, hijo de Alfonso X el Sabio.jpg
Tomb of Ferdinand de la Cerda
Spouse(s) Princess Blanche of France
Noble family House de la Cerda
Father Alfonso X of Castile
Mother Violant of Aragon
Born 1253
Died 1275
Ciudad Real

Don Ferdinand de la Cerda (1253–1275) was the Crown Prince (infante) of Castile, eldest son of King Alfonso X of Castile and Violant of Aragon. His nickname, de la Cerda, means "of the bristle" in Spanish, a reference to being born with a full head of hair.[1]

In November 1268 he married Princess Blanche of France, the daughter of King Louis IX of France. They had two sons:

  • Alfonso de la Cerda (1270-1333), who was believed to have married Matilde of Narbonne, daughter of Viscount Aimery VI of Narbonne.[2] Recent research showed that Alfonso de la Cerda married Matilde of Brienne, daughter of John I of Brienne.[3] They had four sons and three daughters.
Arm of the House de la Cerda to the 13th century, a combination of Castile and León, from infante Fernando, and the arms of France, for Blanche of France.[4]

Ferdinand predeceased his father in 1275 at Ciudad Real from wounds received at the Battle of Écija. His sons did not inherit the throne of their grandfather, since their uncle Sancho, usurped the throne.



  1. ^ Historia del apodo "de la Cerda". ARGOTE DE MOLINA, Gonzalo. Nobleza del Andaluzía. 1588.
  2. ^ Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia, Ed. E. Michael Gerli and Samuel G. Armistead, (Routledge, 2003), 50.
  3. ^ Masnata y de Quesada, David E. (1985). «La Casa Real de la Cerda». Estudios Genealógicos y Heráldicos (Madrid: Asociación Española de Estudios Genealógicos y Heráldicos): pp. 169–229
  4. ^ Maclagan, Michael and Jiri Louda, Lines of Succession, (MacDonald & Co., 1981), Table 47.