World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Frederick II, Elector Palatine

Article Id: WHEBN0008338355
Reproduction Date:

Title: Frederick II, Elector Palatine  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Denmark–Netherlands relations, Franciscus Junius (the elder), Military history of Denmark, Christian II of Denmark
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Frederick II, Elector Palatine

Frederick II, Elector Palatine
Frederick II, Elector Palatine (painted in 1545 by Hans Besser)
Spouse(s) Dorothea of Denmark
Noble family House of Wittelsbach
Father Philip, Elector Palatine
Mother Margarete of Bavaria-Landshut
Born (1482-12-09)9 December 1482
Winzingen Castle near Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Died 26 February 1556(1556-02-26) (aged 73)

Frederick II, Count Palatine of the Rhine (9 December 1482 – 26 February 1556), also Frederick the Wise, a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty, was Prince-elector of the Palatinate from 1544 to 1556.


Frederick was born at Winzingen Castle near Neustadt an der Weinstraße as the fourth son of Philip, Elector Palatine and Margarete of Bavaria-Landshut. In 1535, he married in Heidelberg to Dorothea of Denmark. They had no issue.

He was custodian of the young dukes of Palatinate-Neuburg Otto Henry and Philip and then served as general for the Habsburg Ferdinand I.

Frederick was for a time involved in coup plans in Denmark-Norway. His wife Dorothea was a daughter of Christian II of Denmark,[1] the former King of Denmark and Norway who was deposed after a Danish noble rebellion in 1523. The exiled Christian II was contacted by Olav Engelbrektsson, Catholic Archbishop of Norway and head of the Council of the Realm, in 1529. Christian II was a Protestant, but was also the brother-in-law of Emperor Charles V and therefore vowed to help the Catholic cause in Norway.[2] After Frederick's marriage to Dorothea, Frederick soon sent a letter to Olav Engelbrektsson (via emissaries in Brussels) where he promised military support from himself and Charles V. In the winter of 1536, Olav Engelbrektsson sent squads of supporters to villages in Eastern Norway; among other things the squads read the letter out to people, signalling that a new ruler could be on his way. However, few peasants joined the would-be rebellion, and it soon failed as no actual support from Frederick or Charles came.[1] In the winter of 1537, then, Frederick did send two ships from the Habsburg Netherlands. However, this was to no avail as the King of Denmark mounted a naval offensive to secure Norway around the same time. Olav Engelbrektsson fled the country, bishops Hoskuld Hoskuldsson and Mogens Lauritssøn were arrested, other supporters were punished and the Catholic Church in Norway and the Council of the Realm were abolished.[3]

In March 1544 Frederick succeeded his brother Louis V as Prince-elector of the Palatinate. He introduced the Protestant Reformation and was therefore outlawed by Emperor Charles V until Frederick submitted. He was succeeded by his former ward Otto Henry. He died in February 1556 in Alzey.



  1. ^ a b Ersland, Geir Atle; Sandvik, Hilde (1999). Norsk historie 1300-1625. Volume two of  
  2. ^ Ersland and Sandvik, 1999: pp. 145-146
  3. ^ Ersland and Sandvik, 1999: p. 150
  • Fuchs, Peter (1961). "Friedrich II. der Weise". Neue Deutsche Biographie (in German) 5. pp. 528–530. 

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

Frederick II, Elector Palatine
Born: 9 December 1482 Died: 26 February 1556
German royalty
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Louis V
Elector Palatine
Succeeded by
Otto Henry
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.