The 10th of May 1503 Joanna gave birth to a healthy baby boy despite the difficult time she had before, being stuck in Spain and separated from her husband and father of her 4 children. The 10th of May happened to be her father’s birthday as well and that may be one of the reasons that the child was named after his maternal grandfather Ferdinand II of Aragon. His father was in France during his birth and was informed of his son’s birth a couple of days later.
Ferdinand was the favorite grandson of grandfather Ferdinand. Not surprising since Ferdinand and Isabella barely had any contact with the oldest three grandchildren. Grandfather Ferdinand wanted his grandson Ferdinand to take over his kingdom after his death, but he failed to put that in his will.
Ferdinand as a child
Ferdinand’s older siblings Eleonore of Austria, Charles V and Isabella of Austria all grew up in Flanders, but Ferdinand was born in Spain and his grandparents had every intention to keep him in Spain to raise him as a Spanish prince with the Spanish language, values and customs. He had a confessor and he was educated in the same way his mom and her siblings were educated. He didn’t learn Dutch or German as a child.