Ferdinand II of Aragon
Historical Figure
Nationality: Aragon
Date of Birth: 1452
Date of Death: 1516
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Monarch
Spouse: Isabella I of Castile (married 1469-1504);
Germaine of Foix (married 1505-1516)
Children: Twelve, some of whom predeceased him
Relatives: Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (grandson)
Henry VIII of England (son-in-law)
Mary I of England (granddaughter)
House: Trastámara
Political Office(s): King of Aragon suo jure,
King of Castile jure uxoris,
King of several Italian territories,
Count and Duke of various territories
Fictional Appearances:
Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
"Report of the Special Committee on the Quality of Life"
POD: ca. 1491
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Ferdinand II of Aragon (10 March 1452 - 23 January 1516), also known as Ferdinand V of Castile (Spanish: Fernando), was King of the Spanish region of Aragon (1479-1516) and several Italian provinces. His marriage to Isabella I of Castile united their two kingdoms and laid the foundation for a single Spain. Ferdinand authorized Christopher Columbus' exploratory mission across the Atlantic Ocean, which opened the New World to Spanish colonisation.

His daughter Catherine married King Henry VIII of England, and became the mother of Mary Tudor. He had four other children with Isabella, most of whom were also wed to sovereigns, thereby extending the power of Spain in Europe. Upon Isabella's death, Ferdinand remarried, but the only child died hours after birth. Ferdinand also fathered another six children with various mistresses.

Ferdinand II in Ruled Britannia[]

In 1598, Lope de Vega wrote El Mejor Mozo de España as a tribute to King Ferdinand of Aragon, who was featured as the central character.[1]

Ferdinand II in "Report of the Special Committee on the Quality of Life"[]

King Fernando and Queen Isabella ruled a Spain that had developed a complex, labyrinthian system of government agencies. In 1491 they requested a study by the Special Committee on the Quality of Life as to the desirability of granting Cristóbal Colón the ships and men needed to attempt a circumnavigation of the world via the Oceanic Sea rather than around Africa. The third report, turned in on 30 November 1491, concluded that such an attempt would not be in Spain's best interest.[2]


  1. Ruled Britannia, pg. 221
  2. E.g., Departures, pg. 141-145