Sultan Selim II was born on 28th May 1524, in Istanbul. He was
the son of Suleyman the Magnificant and Hurrem Sultana. Hurrem Sultana
was Slav originated. Because, Selim II had blond hair he often called
as "Yellow Selim". Selim was very well educated. In his
father's period he ruled many provinces in Anatolia. While acting
as a governor he continued his education.Suleyman I had passed away
when Selim was the governor of Kutahya. On hearing his father's
death he went to Istanbul.He succeeded the throne at the age of
42. He was a insignificant sultan compered to his ancestors. His
brothers Shehzade Bayezid and Mustafa were killed during his father
Suleyman's period and he ascended the throne without any conflicts.
But, he was not as talented as his father Suleyman or his grandfather
Selim I. Under successful administrations of experienced statesmen
of the period especially grand vizier Sokollu Mehmet Pasha the empire
continued to be a world power. Sokollu Mehmed Pasha had been the
grand vizier for 15 years and it is possible to say that he ruled
the empire in this period. Sultan Selim II never went to campaigns
himself. Never commanded his army. Inebahti defeat is a result of
his Commander of the Seas Ali Pasha's failure in commanding the
navy. Sultan Selim had died on 5th December 1574, in Istanbul. He
was the first Ottoman Sultan died in Istanbul.
His Wifes : Nurbanu Sultan
His Sons: Murad III, Abdullah, Osman, Mustafa, Suleyman,
His Daughters: Fatma, Sah, Gevherhan, Esma.