Ferdinand I of Naples 1751-1825
Ferdinand's father Charles III
became king of Spain in 1759. This made eight-year-old Ferdinand
King Ferdinand IV of Naples
King Ferdinand III of Sicily.
In 1768, Ferdinand married
Caroline of Austria (or Maria Carolina,) sister of French Queen
Marie Antoinette, who would
lose her head in France in 1793. Consequently, Ferdinand and Marie
Caroline did all they could to stop French revolutionaries.
The year 1799 kept Ferdinand on his
toes. The French took Naples in January and set up the
Parthenopean Republic. Ferdinand and Marie C fled to
Horatio Nelson helped
the couple recapture Naples later in 1799.
All was well until
Napoleon re-re-captured Naples,
which meant that
Ferdinand and Marie Caroline had to pack their bags yet again. The
Finally in 1815, Ferdinand
was king again.
And in 1816, he
declared himself king of the Two Sicilies, which he remained until
Ferdinand's son Francis I became
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