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Ferdinand de la Cerda, Lord of Lara

Grandson of king alfonso x of castile
The basics
Date of birth
Date of death 1322
Brother(s): Alfonso de la Cerda
Children: Maria de La Cerda y de Lara Juan Núñez III de Lara Blanca de La Cerda y Lara Margarita de Lara
Father: Ferdinand de la Cerda
Mother: Blanche of France, Infanta of Castile
Spouse: Juana Núñez de Lara
The details

Fernando de la Cerda (1275–1322) was the younger son of Ferdinand de la Cerda, Infante of Castile and his wife Blanche of France. His elder brother was

The fight for the throne

Fernando's father died before inheriting Castile. His elder brother, Alfonso, should have ascended the throne on his grandfather's death. In 1282 their uncle, Sancho assembled a coalition of nobles to declare for him against Fernando's elder brother, then took control of the kingdom when Alfonso X of Castile died in 1284. This was all against the wishes of the boys' grandfather, but Sancho was crowned in Toledo nevertheless.

Sancho was recognised and supported by the majority of the nobility and the cities, but a sizable minority opposed him throughout his reign and worked for Alfonso and Fernando. One of the leaders of the opposition was Don Juan, his uncle, who united to his cause the lord of Vizcaya, Lope Díaz III de Haro. Sancho responded by executing the lord of Vizcaya and incarcerating his uncle.

Marriage and issue

Fernando was married to Juana Núñez de Lara, who is also known as Lady of Lara. The couple had three daughters and a son,


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