Karel the Elder of Žerotín – an outstanding personality with many talents

September 1st, 2014

According to info got by FindYourStampsValue.com Czech Post is to issue a new stamp honoring Karel the Elder of Žerotín (Zierotin) – an outstanding personality in Czech country. The stamp issue is scheduled to be released on the 3d of September.

Karel the Elder of Žerotín was an important Moravian nobleman, politician, writer and Moravian patriot.
He graduated from the Czech Brethren school in Ivančice, later studying at evangelical schools in Strasbourg and Basel. He was raised in the Czech Brethren faith and in adulthood he became a protector and secular head of the United Brethren in Moravia. Later he inherited from his uncle, Bedřich the Elder of Žerotín, the Přerov estate, and in 1616, after the death of his brother Jan Diviš, the Náměšť nad Oslavou estate. Through his estates, he built an extensive dominion in the west and in the east of Moravia.

He was also the Moravian regional director of finance. In addition to that, he became involved in the wars against the Turks: he led the Moravian cavalry. Gradually he became the leader of the Estates' opposition, and therefore in 1599 he was accused by the provincial under chamberlain, Zikmund of Dietrichstein, of defaming of the imperial majesty and creating treasonous links with France and the Palatine elector.

At this time he tried to assist (especially financially) the victims of re-Catholization in Moravia and Bohemia. He also sought to support the Unity of Brethren by trying to secure to its members exile in Hungary and especially Poland. Thanks to him, the Brethren succeeded in moving the printing works of the Unity from their stronghold in Kralice nad Oslavou to Polish Leszno, and their library to Wróclaw (Breslau).

From 1633 he lived in Přerov where he died. He was buried first in Brandýs nad Orlicí in by the local Brethren congregation, but later his remains were moved to the Žerotín crypt in a church in Bludov.