Silvius II Frederick, Duke of Württemberg-Oels

Duke Silvius II Frederick of Wurttemberg-Oels (21 February 1651 in Oleśnica – 3 June 1697 in Olesnica) was Duke of Württemberg-Oels from 1668 until his death.

Silvius II Frederick, Duke of Württemberg-Oels
Born(1651-02-21)21 February 1651
Died3 June 1697(1697-06-03) (aged 46)
Noble familyHouse of Württemberg
Spouse(s)Eleonore Charlotte of Württemberg-Montbéliard
FatherSilvius I Nimrod, Duke of Württemberg-Oels
MotherElisabeth Marie, Duchess of Oels
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Silvius Frederick was second son of the Duke Silvius I Nimrod of Württemberg-Oels (1622–1664) from his marriage to Elisabeth Marie, Duchess of Oels (1625–1686) .

After his father's death in 1664, his mother took up government as regent for her four sons. Silvius Nimrod and his older brother Charles Ferdinand went on a Grand Tour. Charles Ferdinand died in 1668, when they were visiting the Netherlands.

The remaining three brothers divided the country in 1672: Silvius Frederick received Oels; his brother Christian Ulrich I received Bernstadt and his youngest brother Julius Siegmund received Międzybórz and Třebenice. As Julius was still a minor, Silvius Frederick acted as his regent until he came of age. In the Chamber of Princes, the three brothers had to share their single vote.

Silvius Frederick married on 7 May 1672 in Oels with Eleonore Charlotte (1656–1743), the daughter of the Duke George II of Württemberg-Montbéliard. The marriage remained childless.

He was a member of the Fruitbearing Society under the nickname der Schützende ("the Protector").

Silvius Frederick died in 1697, without leaving an heir. By order of his mother, Oels fell to her next younger son, Christian Ulrich I.


  • Michael Morgenbesser and Karl Adolf Menzel: Geschichte Schlesiens, p. 317
  • Sönke Lorenz (ed.): Das Haus Württemberg. Ein biographisches Lexikon, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, 1997, ISBN 3-17-013605-4, p. 207