Ferdinand de la Cerda

Ferdinand de la Cerda

Tomb of Ferdinand de la Cerda
Spouse(s) Blanche of France


Noble family House de la Cerda
Father Alfonso X of Castile
Mother Violant of Aragon
Born 23 October 1255
Died 1275
Ciudad Real

Ferdinand de la Cerda (1255–1275) was the heir apparent to the Crown of Castile as the eldest son of Alfonso X 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]

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.[2]

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

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. Maclagan, Michael and Jiri Louda, Lines of Succession, (MacDonald & Co., 1981), Table 47.
  3. Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia, Ed. E. Michael Gerli and Samuel G. Armistead, (Routledge, 2003), 50.
  4. 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

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