Letter of Majesty
The Letter of Majesty (1609) was a 17th-century European document, reluctantly signed by the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II, granting religious tolerance to both Protestant and Catholic citizens living in the estates of Bohemia . The letter also created a Bohemian Protestant State Church, run by said estates. A similar Letter was issued for Silesia.
In 1611, Rudolf inexplicably permitted his cousin Leopold to invade Bohemia with some 7,000 troops. A considerable Bohemian force drove Leopold back from the suburbs of Prague, and the Bohemian Estates called upon Matthias to take over the government of their kingdom.
- "The Bohemian Religious Peace (July 1609)"
- Wedgwood 2005, p. 71.
- Parker, 1997, p.8
- Wedgwood, C.V. (2005). The Thirty Years War. New York Review of Books.
- Parker, G. (edited)(1997). The Thirty Years War. Routledge.
- "The Bohemian Religious Peace (July 1609)". German History in Documents and Images. Accessed 11 July 2019. http://ghdi.ghi-dc.org/sub_document.cfm?document_id=4501
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