Mar. 15, 1585

“Writ” of Emperor Rudolf II addressed the Jewry of Prague [Present-day Austria, Czech Republic; Holy Roman Empire/House of Habsburg]: “We, Rudolf, […] announce […] publicly with this letter […] that the Jewry of Prague […] is to obediently pay Us and Our successors/heirs an annual ordinary chamber-tax (‘Kammerzins’) of one thousand Thaler or Schock indefinitely […] in two installments due on Saint George’s Day [April 23] and Saint Gall’s day [October 16] as well as an annual tax of four hundred Thaler to [contribute to] our well-being until ordered otherwise. […]”
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 Landesarchives des Königreiches Böhmens. Ii. 1577 bis 1620. (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. II. 1577 to 1620.); (Prague; 1906); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 4/19/2019