Lot 332: Holy Roman Emperor who, as Charles I, also served as king of Spain (1500-1558). Manuscript DS, signed "Charles," one page, 16.5 x 20.75, August 11, 1532. Untranslated imperial act. Upon learning that the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent has invaded Hungary with 300,000 soldiers, Charles orders his lieutenants, all Knights of the Golden Fleece, to raise troops and horses "and ride these to Nuremberg to be used in the army against the Turk for the service to God and the Defence of Christianity." At Nuremberg the men and horses must be reviewed and inspected by the Lord Mocqueron to ensure the army is sufficiently prepared. Crisply signed at the conclusion by the king and countersigned by Cerzenin. The beautifully embossed paper seal affixed at the bottom remains fully intact. A few repaired edge separations to intersecting folds, noticeable paper loss at fold intersections, and mild soiling, otherwise fine condition; especially bright and clean for its age. An attractive 16th-century document with excellent military content.
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