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>I have recently come across a document from the village I was researching. This document translated referred to a Friar (lived in the 16th century) Who's father was called Giusto from Cascalenda and his grandfather was Giovanni of Aragon. It listed that Giovanni brother was King Ferdinand of Naples. Would anyone know who this King was?
The kingdom of Naples was much disputed by various dynasties in its history, but there were three men by the name of Ferdinand who ruled Naples during the 15th and 16th centuries: Ferdinand I (r. 1458-1494), his grandson Ferdinand II (r. 1495-1496), and his cousin Ferdinand III (r. 1504-1516).
King Ferdinand I (also known as Fernando or Ferrante) was the illegitimate son of Alfonso V, King of Aragon. King Alfonso V (who was also the ruler of other places) was known as Alfonso I, King of Sicily, and he reigned in these two kingdoms from 1416-1458. When he became Alfonso I, King of Naples in 1442, he merged his Sicilian and Neapolitan titles to become Alfonso I, King of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (aka King of Naples and Sicily). Ferdinand, who was born in 1424/1431, was bequeathed the kingdom of Naples upon his father's death in 1458, and became Ferdinand I, King of Naples. (His father's younger brother, Juan, succeeded as King of Aragon and of Sicily; see further below.) King Ferdinand I married twice: by his first wife, he had six children (e.g.: King Alfonso II of Naples, and Giovanni (1456-1485), a cardinal, Archbishop of Tarrente). By his second wife, he had a daughter. King Ferdinand I died in 1494, and his descendants became extinct in or after 1550. King Ferdinand's father, King Alfonso V, married Infanta Maria of Castile and of Leon in 1415, but this marriage was childless. According to Tafel 66 in *EuropÃ¤ische Stammtafeln*, ed. Schwennicke (Band II, 1984), King Alfonso had three illegitimate children (his son King Ferdinand, and two daughters, Maria and Leonora) by either Giraldona Carlino or Margarita de Hijar.
As for King Ferdinand I's grandson, King Ferdinand II (he was also known as Ferrante), he was the illegitimate son of Alfonso II, King of Naples (r. 1494-1495) by Trogia Gazzela. Tafel 67 in ES (Band II, 1984) shows only the following siblings for King Ferdinand II: Isabella, Piero, Alfonso and Sancha.
As for King Ferdinand's cousin, King Ferdinand III, he was the son of Juan who succeeded to the kingdoms of Aragon and Sicily in 1458 (see further above). Ferdinand III held a multitude of titles: King of Sicily in 1468, King Consort (as Ferdinand V) of Castile and of Leon in 1474, King of Aragon (and other places) (as Ferdinand II) in 1479, King of Naples (as Ferdinand III) in 1502, and King of Navarre in 1512. You probably know him as King Ferdinand 'the Catholic', who with his wife Queen Isabel, were financial patrons of Christopher Columbus. Tafel 66 in ES (Band II, 1984) shows the following siblings for King Ferdinand III: half-siblings Carlos, Juana, Blanca and Leonor, and full siblings Leonor, Juana and Maria.
Finally, if you want to pursue your search, consider asking your question in the Usenet newsgroup called soc.genealogy.medieval, which deals with genealogies of the Middle Ages (roughly AD 500 to AD 1600) for royal, aristocratic, and commoner families. For information about posting to s.g.m. using Google, see "Frequently Asked Question About Posting" at http://groups.google.com/googlegroups/posting_faq.html