Ferdinando, lacking his brother's ambition, is easily influenced by Niccolo and weaker willed. While described as having an impressive figure (though shorter than Niccolo) during the events of City of Stars, he grows increasingly corpulent as the series progresses. Ferdinando enjoys the comforts provided to him as pope, such as lavish feasts and a life of ease, though he tries to take his religious duties as pope seriously, such as not immediately granting his nephew Rinaldo's request for an annulment for Francesca of Bellona out of the sanctity of marriage, which Rinaldo had not taken seriously. While somewhat indulgent, he is not a bad man and cares for his family. In addition, he recognizes a number of the di Chimici's enemies as good people, such as Rodolfo Rossi and Guido Parola, and is unwilling to persecute them.
While Ferdinando is usually subservient to his brother's wishes, he openly defies Niccolo only once; after the Massacre at the Church of Annunciation, the pope refuses to allow Niccolo to slaughter the remaining members of the Nucci family and to allow Matteo and Graziella Nucci to recover their only surviving son, Filippo. He briefly leads the family following Niccolo's death, though he returns to his duties as the pope in Remora after his nephew Fabrizio is established as the new head of the family.
Following the events of City of Flowers, Ferdinando becomes one of the few forces with sufficient influence to overrule the Grand Duke of Tuschia as he is the Pope. However, Ferdinando's lax attitude towards Fabrizio's desire to crush the Stravaganti becomes apparent to the more receptive Rinado, who serves as a Cardinal in the Church. When Ferdinando uses his power as the Pope to prevent Fabrizio from exercising his rage at losing his chance to kill both Luciano Crinamorte and Enrico Poggi for the death of Niccolo by brutally executing the rebel army in Fortezza, Fabrizio is forced to comply to the Pope's orders. When Ferdinando dies, apparently of apoplexy, soon after Fabrizio orders Rinaldo to return to Remora, it is implied that Rinaldo likely arranged for the Pope's death in order to remove him as a future obstacle to Fabrizio's plans. Gaetano succeeds Ferdinando as the Prince of Remora while Rinaldo becomes the next pope.
Notes and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Di Chimici family tree
- ↑ If he was born in 1527 then in 1580 he is approximately 53
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 City of Swords
- ↑ City of Stars
- ↑ stravaganza.co.uk
Grand Duke Fabrizio di Chimici · Grand Duchessa Caterina di Chimici · Pope Lenient VI · Lucia di Chimici, Princess of Fortezza · Alfonso di Chimici, Duke of Volana · Duchessa Bianca di Chimici · Prince Jacopo the Younger · Princess Clarice di Chimici · Prince Ferdinando di Chimici · Princess Francesca di Chimici
|Other Living di Chimici |
Falco Niccolo Carlo di Chimici · Gaetano di Chimici · Francesca di Chimici · Rinaldo di Chimici · Isabella di Chimici · Filippo di Chimici · Carolina di Chimici, Dowager Princess of Fortezza · Eleanora di Chimici · Beatrice di Chimici · Ferrando di Chimici · Bianca di Chimici
|Deceased di Chimici |
Falco di Chimici · Niccolo di Chimici · Carlo di Chimici · Caterina di Chimici · Jacopo the Elder · Fabrizio di Chimici · Duke Fabrizio di Chimici · Benedetta di Chimici · Alfonso di Chimici
|Disowned di Chimici |
|di Chimici City-States |
Giglia · Remora · Bellona · Volana · Moresco · Fortezza