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Selim II

1524 - 1574

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Selim II (Ottoman Turkish: سليم ثانى Selīm-i sānī, Turkish: II. Selim; 28 May 1524 – 15 December 1574), also known as Selim the Blond (Turkish: Sarı Selim) or Selim the Drunk (Turkish: Sarhoş Selim), was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1566 until his death in 1574. He was a son of Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Hurrem Sultan. Selim had been an unlikely candidate for the throne until his brother Mehmed died of smallpox, his half-brother Mustafa was strangled to death by the order of his father, his brother Cihangir succumbed to chronic health issues, and his brother Bayezid was killed on the order of his father after a rebellion against Selim. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Selim II has received more than 2,897,289 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Selim II is the 40th most popular politician (up from 74th in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 8th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Turkish Politician.

Selim II was the Ottoman Sultan from 1566 to 1574. He is most famous for his military conquests in the Mediterranean, which included Cyprus, Rhodes, and Malta.

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Among politicians, Selim II ranks 40 out of 15,577Before him are Qin Shi Huang, Louis XVI of France, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Justinian I, Richard III of England, and Umar. After him are Franz Joseph I of Austria, Akhenaten, Pericles, Maria Theresa, Ulysses S. Grant, and Nero.

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Among people born in 1524, Selim II ranks 1After him are Luís de Camões, Pierre de Ronsard, Diego de Landa, Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma, Joseph Nasi, Louise Labé, Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, Philip de Montmorency, Count of Horn, Rani Durgavati, François Hotman, and Elizabeth of Denmark, Duchess of Mecklenburg. Among people deceased in 1574, Selim II ranks 1After him are Giorgio Vasari, Charles IX of France, Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Renée of France, Bartolomeo Eustachi, Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, Maarten van Heemskerck, Ebussuud Efendi, Georg Joachim Rheticus, Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, and Louis of Nassau.

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Among people born in Turkey, Selim II ranks 7 out of 1,301Before him are Herodotus (-484), Paul the Apostle (5), Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Thales of Miletus (-623), Saint Nicholas (270), and Osman I (1254). After him are Saint George (280), Ahmed I (1590), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Heraclitus (-535), Murad III (1546), and Selim I (1470).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Selim II ranks 3Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494) and Osman I (1254). After him are Ahmed I (1590), Mehmed the Conqueror (1432), Murad III (1546), Selim I (1470), Murad IV (1612), Mehmed III (1566), Mustafa I (1591), Murad I (1326), and Bayezid I (1354).