|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1713|
|Death: ||Aug. 10, 1759|
Villaviciosa de Odon
Ferdinand was the son of King Felipe V of Spain and his first wife Princess Maria-Luisa Gabriella of Savoy.
His father's second wife, Maria-Elisabetta of Parma, was a domineering woman, who had no affection except for her own children, and who looked upon her stepson as an obstacle to their fortunes. The hypochondria of his father left Maria-Elisabetta mistress of the palace.
Ferdinand's elder brothers, Luis and Philip, died respectively in 1724 and 1719, leaving Ferdinand Crown Prince of Spain. In 1728, Ferdinand's prestige increased for a while, when his father had a severe episode of mental illness and an impulsive abdication was feared. Queen Maria-Elizabetta, however, was continually inciting animosity between Ferdinand and her own eldest son, Carlos (1716-1788). As a result, Ferdinand developed a neurotic and reserved character.
On 20 January 1729, he married Infante Maria-Magdalena Barbara of Spain. The couple had no children. The couple's position at court was very precarious. Ferdinand and Barbara were shunned by the entire court, and they were not allowed to leave their quarters, except for important official ceremonies.
His wife was also neurotic and subject to melancholia, but she was indispensible to her husband. Even though she was considered extremely unattractive by members of court,the first sight of his bride-to-be, Ferdinand had made a terrible face, but soon he came to love her deeply. By 1732 he depended completely upon her.
The death of his wife, who had been devoted to him, and who carefully abstained from political intrigue, broke his heartand drove him to madness. Between the date of her death in August of 1758 and his own on 10 August 1759, he fell into a state of prostration in which he would not even dress, but wandered unshaven, unwashed and in a nightgown about his park. Having never considered any woman other than his wife, he was thrown into a frenzy by suggestions of remarriage. He abandoned the capital and settled in the monastery of Villaviciosa de Odon, refusing to see anyone or sign official documents. For days, he would not speak, at other times he screamed, threw things, and stuck out at his entourage. Ferdinand lingered on in this state of depression for a year. Near the end, he refused to eat altogether and became thinner and thinner. He died in a convulsive fit in the midst of his own excrement on August 10, 1759.
King Felipe V (1683 - 1746)
Maria Luisa Gabriella di Savoia (1688 - 1714)
Maria-Magdalena Barbara Braganza Bourbon (1711 - 1758)
King Luis I (1707 - 1724)*
Felipe de Borbón (1709 - 1709)*
Felipe de Borbón (1712 - 1719)*
Ferdinand VI de Bourbon (1713 - 1759)
Fernando VI (1713 - 1759)*
Carlos III (1716 - 1788)**
Maria-Ana Victoria Bourbon Braganza (1718 - 1781)**
Filippo I of Bourbon-Parma (1720 - 1765)**
Maria-Teresa Antonia Rafaela Bourbon (1726 - 1746)**
Luis Antonio de Borbón (1727 - 1785)**
Maria-Antonia Ferdinanda Bourbon (1729 - 1785)**
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo El Escorial
Provincia de Madrid
Plot: Royal Crypt
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Record added: Oct 04, 2009
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