Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria

1609 - 1641

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Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand (also known as Don Fernando de Austria, Cardenal-Infante Fernando de España and as Ferdinand von Österreich; 16 May 1609 – 9 November 1641) was a Spanish and Portuguese prince (Infante of Spain, Infante of Portugal (until 1640)), Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church, Archduke of Austria, Archbishop of Toledo (1619–41), and a general during the Thirty Years' War, the Eighty Years' War, and the Franco-Spanish War. He is commonly considered the last great commander and strategist of the Spanish Empire, whose premature death in a critical moment helped bring about the end of Spanish hegemony in Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria has received more than 173,924 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria is the 3,224th most popular politician (down from 3,062nd in 2019), the 283rd most popular biography from Spain (down from 261st in 2019) and the 102nd most popular Spanish Politician.

Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria was the son of Philip III of Spain and Margaret of Austria. He was a member of the House of Habsburg and was the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights. Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand is most famous for being the ruler of the Spanish Netherlands from 1634 until his death in 1641.

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Among politicians, Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria ranks 3,224 out of 19,576Before him are Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein, György Dózsa, Emperor Dezong of Tang, Emperor Keikō, Baydu, and Constantine Bodin. After him are Adad-nirari I, Merenre Nemtyemsaf I, Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands, Joachim Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg, Paul Henri Balluet d'Estournelles de Constant, and Vologases I of Parthia.

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Among people born in 1609, Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria ranks 6Before him are Frederick III of Denmark, John II Casimir Vasa, Raimondo Montecuccoli, Judith Leyster, and Henrietta Maria of France. After him are Nicholas Francis, Duke of Lorraine, Kâtip Çelebi, Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Charles II Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, and Hanzade Sultan. Among people deceased in 1641, Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria ranks 4Before him are Anthony van Dyck, Gwanghaegun of Joseon, and Domenichino. After him are Thomas Mun, Jane Frances de Chantal, Jan Janszoon, Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, Johan Banér, George, Duke of Brunswick-Calenberg, Jeremiah Horrocks, and Hedwig of Denmark.

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Among people born in Spain, Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria ranks 283 out of 3,355Before him are Silius Italicus (26), Postumus (250), Eleanor of Aragon, Queen of Portugal (1402), Muhammad I of Granada (1194), Abraham Abulafia (1240), and Liuvigild (525). After him are Fernando Alonso (1981), Ildefons Cerdà (1815), Ibn Zuhr (1091), Jesús Franco (1930), Marcus Annius Verus (100), and Al-Hakam I (770).


Among politicians born in Spain, Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria ranks 102Before him are Chindasuinth (563), Hisham II (965), Maria Anna of Spain (1606), Postumus (250), Muhammad I of Granada (1194), and Liuvigild (525). After him are Marcus Annius Verus (100), Al-Hakam I (770), Sancho IV of Castile (1258), Yolande of Aragon (1384), Niceto Alcalá-Zamora (1877), and Infante Jaime, Duke of Segovia (1908).