Ferdinand II., king of Naples, grandson of the preceding, and son of Alfonso II., born about 1468, died in 1496. His father, feeling himself universally detested, abdicated in his favor in 1495; but the people had conceived such a dislike for the house of Aragon, that Ferdinand's kindness toward them was treated only with derision. Many of his cities having sent ambassadors to the invading enemy, Charles VIII. of France, he renounced his throne, and took refuge in Ischia. But as soon as Charles left Naples the people recalled Ferdinand, who obtained money and soldiers from Venice in exchange for several Adriatic towns, and reconquered his kingdom. With the permission of Pope Alexander VI. he married his father's sister.