Erich Hedemann jurist and councilor of Christian IV. of Denmark

hedemann-wappenErich was Hedemann 1587 Student of law at the University of Wittenberg, But already moved on 7.8.1587 to Heidelberg. 1594 published by him in Basel, a dissertation, or at least a part of it. In any case, it is 1596 in Geneva, as Dr. about. and university teachers mentioned. That same year, he reached into a vocation Celler services, presumably at the behest of his five years at the Celler Hof already hired his brother Otto.

At the 18.10. that year he was accepted by Duke George to provide advice and advocate, to the Supreme Court in Speyer in there running case of the Principality of act. Until Easter 1599 He was in Speyer, Then he was ordered back to Celle. As “Rat Advocat” he should stay essentially the Duke and the Duke's Government, but can also use both inside and outside. For 200 Thaler annual salary, The usual court dress and food and shelter for himself and his servant, He was initially hired for three years.


hedemann-mutioAlready 1600 He contributed his Duke is an important first service: Through his efforts, the office does not Klotze Duke Ulrich of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, but added to the home of Lüneburg-Celle. A much larger chunks but should be the succession to the Principality Grubenhagen. Unlike Wolfenbüttel Lüneburg was at the end of the 16. Century, a poor country, and his power was limited. By imperial favor had the Wolfenbüttel cousins ​​Grubenhagen 1596 cracked after the death of Philip the younger ones to be. Eight years later ordered the dukes Ernst, William, Christoph Ernst and Julius of Brunswick-Luneburg Dr. Erich Hedemann as successor to the late Dr. Henry Camerarius to lawyers in the matter of succession.

The management of this difficult matter has been delegated to it in the hope, to lead to an early end. No fewer than 16 Time needed to Dr. Hedemann travel to Vienna, where his stay lasted almost a year partly. But only 1613, after the death of Emperor Rudolf II. and after the death of Duke Heinrich Julius of Wolfenbüttel, was something to align. Only after the duke's son, The weak Frederick Ulrich, had joined the Union of Electors of the Palatinate against the Austrian imperial family, took Lüneburgisch-celli's Dukes this opportunity, at the imperial court again to seek their rights.

hedemann-ottoThanks to the excellent use of Hedemann finally succeeded in, not only the dug-hagischen, but to let some other processes to decide in favor of Lüneburg. The principality came by land and increase internal order as far up, that it could survive the 30-year war relatively unscathed. Dr. Hedemann services to the home are as varied Lüneburg, that they can not be set out in detail. Already 1615 He was Duke Christian of his court-Chancellor, Secret- and even the Chamber office director appointed, this time, as previously, terminable on either side of half-yearly.

He lived in the house of the mayor Dietrich Schulten in Celle, for which he 1000 Thaler had already got awarded by Duke Ernst. As chancellor, he led the oversight of the Prince's office and kept the big Insiegel, while the symbol of his position. He, and not the prince of all signed documents, on behalf of the Governor, Chancellor went off and councils. Chancellor is no before and after him so often been on business trips as. Vienna, Pilsen, Brussels, Speyer, Hamburg are traditional stages of his stay.

His departure from court services 1627 therefore meant a painful loss, But still it was not far. In the years 1617 and 1618 Erich was Hedemann in the Principality Grubenhagen invested several. First, the 8. April 1617 because of his twenty years of faithful service. Well received in the Hedemann Dorste and Herzberg existing assets, that were not listed individually in Lehnbrief, because the sooner the Hunt's were not issued to obtain the Lehnsbriefe Wolfenbüttelern. Therefore, the duke gave the 11.1.1619 his chancellor Hedemann delay having these goods, it would be possible to learn, and what really belongs to them in specie. More 1627, as Hedemann left the Principality, but was only partly successful. It was not until his retirement he minded the feudal, that is forced to meet. After a few entries then turned on the Duke 30.8.1627 finally a new Lehnsbrief from.


Although the estate already in Dorster 17. Century as “Chancellor- or Doktorhof” was called, it remains to be noted, that Dr. Erich Hedemann himself at this time there never was domiciled. Only one son and later his grandchildren and great grandchildren were resident in Dorste. After he had written another detailed account of his long career, He joined 1628 in the service of Duke Frederick III. of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp. At the same time he was also a Council of the Count of Oldenburg and of King Christian IV. Denmark operates. A scheme, which was by no means uncommon in those days. In Schleswig Hedemann soon developed a comprehensive action. At the peace negotiations between the emperor and Christian of Denmark as he was in his Danish Ambassador Mr. January 1629 present in Lübeck. Even after the great war of religion, he was tirelessly active. According to Dr. about. Erich Hedemann was the road “Hedemannweg” Lemförde Diepholz named in the southern Lower. His and the genealogy of the family, also with the Family Hattorf is connected, are, as always, read in the database.


Literature and Source:

  • 1. Evaluation of personnel documents and funeral sermons by Fritz Roth, Boppard 1959 (No.. 1037)
  • 2. Leaves home for the southwestern edge of the Harz, Heft Nr. 41 Year 1985, Page 13-39 from home- historical society Osterode
  • 3. German sex book, Band 74 Page 524-529 and band 75 Page 505-529

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