Apr. 12, 1276

“Official Decision” issued by King Rudolf I [of Habsburg] [Present-day Germany; Free Imperial City of Mainz]: “Rudolf [Rudolphus], King of the Romans by the grace of God, […] loans Raugrave* Rupert for his oath of loyalty and his service to the empire, five Jews to keep in Altenbamberg or any of his fortified areas and the fees that are extorted from them […].  Should any of these Jews emigrate or die, Rupert may replace them with others. The King reserves the right to redeem/repurchase the Jews for the sum of 300 Marks of Cologne Pennies, […] for which (money) the Raugrave may acquire property, which he will then henceforth hold as a loan of the empire (‘Reichslehnen’). […]”[Researcher’s note: The Raugraves were members of a well-known German nobility.]
Wiesbaden, HStA, Abt. 168a, Nr. 6, Orig., lat., Perg. (“Wiesbaden, Main-State Archive, Department 168a, No. 6, Orig[inal], Latin, [on] Parchment Paper”); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 6/3/2017