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Rudolf Christian, Count of East Friesland (Graaf van Oost-Friesland), 1625-28, was born 2 June 1602, the second son of Enno III (1559-1625) and his second wife Anna of Holstein-Gottorp (1575-1625). He succeeded his father in 1625.

Rudolf Christian issued a letter of protection (Schutzbrief) to the Mennonites on 25 May 1626, which became the pattern for all succeeding letters of protection (see Privileges), and which secured to the Mennonites a legal status; the matters of the oath and military service were reserved for a later time. The letter of protection is printed at full length in ML III, 562 ff.

Rudolf Christian died 17 April 1628 and was succeeded by his younger brother Ulrich II.

Bibliography

Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe; Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III, 562 ff.

Müller, J. P. Die Mennoniten in Ostfriesland vom 16. bis zum 18. Jahrhundert. Emden and Borkum, 1887: 41.



Author(s) Christian Neff
Richard D. Thiessen
Date Published April 2007


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Neff, Christian and Richard D. Thiessen. "Rudolf Christian, Count of East Friesland (1602-1628)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2007. Web. 25 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rudolf_Christian,_Count_of_East_Friesland_(1602-1628)&oldid=60506.

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