May 16, 1336

“Official Announcement” of Emperor Louis IV (Ludwig the Bavarian) [Present-day Germany]: “We, Louis, Roman Emperor by the grace of God, announce/declare that We allow Count Philipp of Sponheim[-Bolanden-Dannefels] (‘Philips grafen ze Spanheim’) as a special favor, to have 12 additional Jewish households, [in addition to the 12 he already has] including wives, children, and servants and to settle them anywhere in his domain as he sees fit. Philip and his heirs may use (‘niezzen’) them forever, and the Jews are to remain free [of claim] from Us or from anyone else. […]”
Heidelberg, UniBib, Heid. Hs. 431, Nr. 340, Abschr. (19. Jh.) (B), dt., Papier; Heidelberg, UniBib, Heid. Hs. 494, fol. 114r (Abschr., 19. Jh.) (C). (“Heidelberg, University Library, Hs. 431, No. 340, Copy (19th Cent.) (B), German, [on] Paper”); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 6/27/2017