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Edzard breaks the peace, 1515.






Extract from Gerhard Anton von Halem´s "Geschichte des Herzogtums Oldenburg", Oldenburg 1794, volume 1, p. 421-2.
 
By 1515, George, Duke of Saxony, came to realise that insuperable difficulties attached to his Frisian ambitions:
 
"Des Krieges mude, verkaufte er daher seine Friesischen Ansprüche dem Enkel Maximilians und Erben Burgunds (...) (nachherigem Kaiser) Karl V für hunderttausend Gulden. Die Folge war ein Waffenstillstand, der unter Vermittlung des Königs von Frankreich am 8 Jun. 1515 zu Delft zwischen dem Erzherzoge Carl, dem Herzog Carl von Geldern und dem Grafen Edzard geschlossen ward."
(Translation: "Tired of war, he therefore sold his claims on Friesland to his cousin (the Emperor) Maximilian and to the heir of Burgundy, (the later Emperor) Karl V, for 100,000 guilders. The result was a ceasefire signed through the agency of the King of France at Delft, on 8 June 1515 between the Archduke Carl, Carl of Geldern and Earl Edzard.")
 
Taking advantage of this ceasefire, Edzard Cirksena treacherously attacked his arch-enemy Hero Oomkens the Younger of Harlingerland, as well as Hero Oomkens´ allies in Jeverland and Butjadingerland:
 
"Diese Zeit nutzte Graf Edzard zu einem Streifzuge in Hero Omkens Gebiet, auch in Jever- und Butjadingerland."
(Translation: "Earl Edzard used this time for an incursion into Hero Oomkens lands, also in Jever- and Butjadingerland.")
 
"Es traf ein, was die Schwarze Garde gereimt hatte:"
(Translation: "It happened as the Black Guard had rhymed:";Editor´s note: von Halem now proceeds to quote an extract from Beninga´s History with reference to this rhyme.)
 
"De Landesknechten under den swarten hoep merkende wat grote vriendschap unde haet de Grave van Oldenborch, Hero Omken und Christoffer van Jever tho Grave Edzart hadden, makeden se eenen Rym darup, alduis luidende:
 
De Grave van Oldenborch in de Mey,
Christoffer van Jever in den Kley,
Here Omken in den boenen,
Grave Edzart will it juw hierna noch loenen." (Beninga, p. 546.)













































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