Sept. 4, 1551

“Writ” of King Ferdinand I addressed to Archduke Ferdinand [Kingdom of Bohemia/Habsburg Monarchy; Present-day Austria, Czech Republic, etc.]: “Ferdinand […] highborn, friendly, dear son and prince! You are herewith reminded that we have sent you a copy of a mandate which we have issued for all the hereditary principalities and lands requiring Jews to wear a yellow ring which distinguishes them from the Christians and have desired/required […] from you that you discuss with the officers and the bohemian Chamber-Councils whether such a mandate needs to also be issued in the Kingdom of Bohemia and its hereditary lands […] which you have neglected to do so far. [Therefore], it is our […] gracious wish that you are not to delay such deliberations any further and instead further our wish and decision […].” [Researcher’s note: This writ of King Ferdinand addressed to his son, the Archduke, was probably not merely a request but a direct order to issue such a law. He does this again with another order, which the King issues on September 28, 1551.]
Zur Geschichte der Juden in Böhmen, Mähren und Schlesien von 906 bis 1620. Herausgegeben von Gottlieb Bondy, em. Präsidenten der Handels- und Gewerbekammer in Prag. Zur Herausgabe vorbereitet und ergänzt von Franz Dworsky, em. Director des Landesarchivs des Königreiches Böhmens. I. 906 bis 1576. (Prag; 1906); (Regarding the history of Jews in Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia from 906 to 1620. Published by Gottlieb Bondy, fo[rmer] President of the Trade and Commerce and Industry in Prague. Prepared for publication and supplemented by Franz Dworsky, fo[rmer] Director of the National Archives of the Kingdom of Bohemia. I. 906 to 1576.); (Prague; 1906); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 6/25/2019