King Ferdinand

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King Ferdinand

Ferdinand (1751-1825) ruled Naples twice, as King of Naples for the latter half of the eighteenth century, and again as King of the Two Sicilies from 1816-1825. Only eight years old when he ascended the throne (his father had become Charles IV, King of Spain), the court officials kept him isolated and ignorant so that they could run the kingdom themselves. He assumed power in 1767, and married Marie Caroline, daughter of the Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria. Marie Caroline became the kingdom’s real ruler. Museo del Prado, Madrid.