Book of Saints – Ferdinand


(Saint) King. (May 30) (13th century) Saint Ferdinand III, King of Castile and Leon, resembled in many ways his first cousin, Saint Louis, King of France. A brave soldier, he won back from the Moors the great cities of Seville and Cordova, and gave its death blow to their rule in Spam. He was dilieent and just in his government, and above all heedful to do no wrong to the least of his subjects. His saying when refusing to burden them with an exorbitant war-tax characterises him: ” God will not fail me, and I fear more the curse of one poor old woman than the whole army of the Moors.” Austere in his piety, the time at his disposal he devoted to penance and to religious exercises, frequently repeating: ” Lord, Thou knowest that I desire Thy Glory, not my own.” The idol of his people, he was setting out on a campaign when he closed a glorious reign by a holy death, passing from this world May 30, A.D. 1252, in the fifty-third year of his age, the thirty-fifth of his reign in Castile and twenty-second in Leon. He was canonised by Clement X, A.D. 1671.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Ferdinand”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 April 2013. Web. 15 June 2021. <>