Day cvyatogo Ferdinand of Castile

Saint Ferdinand III (1198-1252), King of Castile , who was canonized in 1671 by Pope Clement X, almost immediately proved to be very popular with religious officials (governors, for example), and prisoners. And all because of their organizational data. Not only that, he was a successful administrator, said he forgave most other rulers of subordinates, to organize a conspiracy against him. To crown it all, he was a happy father of nine sons and five daughters, but because for a long time and is still the patron saint of large families.

Ferdinand of Castile was the son of Alfonso, King of Leon, and the Castilian princess and became heir to both thrones. He married Princess Beatrice, daughter of the German king Philip, and his marriage was an extremely happy and harmonious.

He became known as a strict and fair judge, strongly suppressed the revolt against their government, but after the suppression of the same determination granted amnesty to the rebels, preferring thus neutralize them. Composed during his legal code used until modern times.

He tried not to raise taxes, even the pious motives; when advisers insisted on a special tax for the crusade against the Moors, Ferdinand said he fears the curse of some poor old woman more than an army of Moroccans.

However, instead of the Moors he had to deal with his own father, who decided to attack his Castilian possession, and hard to end the matter peacefully. He vowed to fight only with non-Christians, and kept his oath — at that time it was already something almost unbelievable.

Ferdinand combined the two Christian kingdoms (Castile and Leon), freed from the invaders almost all of Andalusia, having won in Cordoba 1236, and then Seville, founded the University of Salamanca. He was buried, as he commanded, in the garb of a Franciscan-tertsiariya (he took the appropriate vows for many years before his death, and kept them).

King — the people of this profession to be extremely few among the famous church of the saints. The people revered saint Ferdinand more than four centuries, until it finally decided not to canonize in 1671. The remains of the king buried in the Cathedral of Seville.