Frederik II was the King of Denmark and Norway from 1559. Son of Christian III and Queen Dorothea of Saxony-Lauenburg. In 1572 he was married to Sophie of Mecklenburg, with whom he had Christian IV.
Frederik II was mostly concerned with foreign politics. The Nordic Seven Years War in 1563-1570 against Sweden was in reality undecided, but after the war Denmark-Norway stood as the strongest Baltic power. Frederik then strove to keep the Kingdom in that position. Furthermore, he became one of the leading Protestant princes in Northern Europe but his attempts to create a powerful Protestant alliance against the Catholics did not succeed.
In the 1570’s he erected the strong fortress of Kronborg at Elsinore, and during the same period the Danish navy became one of the largest and most modern in Europe. As part of his effort to strengthen his Kingdom, he gave much support to science and culture. For example, the astronomer Tycho Brahe received backing from Frederik II.
Silver plates with amber centres
Silver plates with amber centres, made in 1585 in Kaliningrad by Andreas Knieffel for Margravine Sophia of Brandenburg, née Princess of Braunschweig and Lüneburg, Frederik II's cousin. Amberwork by Stenzel Snitt? Housewarming present to Frederik II at Kronborg Castle?