Blessed Ferdinand of Portugal

illustration of Blessed Ferdinand of Portugal, by Manuel Soeiro, from Anacephalaeoses id est Summa capita actorum regum Lusitaniae, 1621Also known as

  • Ferdinand the Prince



A prince, the son of King John I of Portugal. He grew up in the royal court, but spent his free time in prayer and helping the poor. Though a layman, he was offered a cardinalate by Pope Eugene IV; he declined. In 1437, with his brother Henry, he commanded an expedition to Morocco against the Moors. The Portuguese were defeated at Tangiers; Ferdinand offered himself as a hostage to secure the cession of Ceuta to the Moors. Ferdinand was thrown into a dungeon at Fez, Morroco where he survived five years of abuse and torture. The writer Calderon made him the hero of the drama, “El Principe Constante.”




Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ferdinand of Portugal“. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 June 2015. Web. 28 November 2015. <>