BELIEVED to BE SON OR RELATIVE to JOHANNIS von BENHUSEN V.1
Founder of the Dressel branch of the Beenhausen family, first
lord of Dreisiel and first Dressel family head. Knight in the
service of Duke Rudolph of Saxony, (became Duke in 1298, died
1319: Sept. 30, Berlin, Brandenburg. Among others, the knight
Rule de Drysule is a witness to the document which states that
the duke Rudolf of Saxony, guardian for his ward Agnes, the
markcountess of Brandengburg, together grant to the city of
Spanow various rights and privileges which are now posessed
by the city of Berlin, pertaining to the sale and posession
of property, transportation of grain, and the minting of money.
This is the oldest Dressel family document known to exist
pertaining directly to the Dressel branch.
1319: Oct. 13, Berlin, Brandenburg, Herr Rule von Dressol (Sir
(Lord) Rudolph von Droessel,) appears as a witness for Duke
Rudolph of Saxony for a document that gave the city of Guben
the right to coin money, be free of duty charges, and be in
control of the protection rights pertaining to the Jews. The
document is in German, p1.2.
1319: Oct. 14, Her Rule van Dresul Sir (Lord) Ridolph von
Droessel appears as a witness for Duke Rudolph of Saxony for
a document that confirms the privileges of the old cities of
Brandenburg. The document is in German, p1.3.
1319: Oct. 14, Rathenow, Brandenburg, Rulevus de Dresule Rudolph
von Droessel, appears as a witness for Duke Rudolph of Saxony
for a document that as the guardian of the Markcountess Agnes
the Duke grants the city of Rathenow all the privileges and
freedoms that the cities of Berlin and Spandow enjoy. This document
is in German, p1.4..
1319: Oct. 26, Guben, Brandenburg, Her Rule von Dusule "Sir
(Lord) Rudolph von Droessel," appears as a witness for Duke
Rudolph of Saxony for a document that grants a "Lehnbrief" to
Hannes and Richart, Lords of Cottbus.
This document is in German and is considered one of the oldest
documents in the German language, p1.5.
1319: Nov. 4, Rule dictus de Drisulen, "Rule (Rudolph)
who is called de Drisulen "appears as a witness for Duke Rudolph
of Saxony for a document that states the privileges of the city
Brietzen. This document is in Latin, p1.6
The phrase "dictus de Drisulen" is translated to mean that
Rule is now called or known as de Drisulen, implying that formerly
he was known by another name, (which is believed to be von Bennhausen)
and that now he is called by the name of his estate which he
(recently) received in fief for his knightly services to the
1319: Nov. 24, Spandau, Brandenburg, Rule de Drisule, appears
as a witness for Duke Rudolph of Saxony for a document that
takes the Bishopric of Brandenburg under his special protection.
This document is in Latin, p1.7.
1323: Dec. 24. The knights Rule and Coneke von Drisule
are witnesses to the document that the duke Rudolf von Sachsen-Wittenberg
pledges the city and castle of Hitzacker with all its income,
with its higher and lower jurisdictions, with income from duty,
with its villages, and other possessions on the brothers Hinze,
and Ulrich von Warmstorf and on (Tamme) Loser. This document
is in German, p3. see exhibit 35.3.
In 1319 Rudolph was a mature man who was usually called by
his nick name Rule, he was a knight, he was a soldier-officer
who fought in the Duke's army before 1319 and was a vassal of
Duke Rudolf and who held a fief (estate) called Drisule from
the Duke which produced the income necessary to support him
and his family and his responsibilities to the Duke in time
of war. Rudolf was probably the father of Conrad. Under these
circumstances 1270 is a acceptable date for Rudolph's birth.
The following could be a description of Rule; by the beginning
of the 14th century the knight's "helm had replaced the helmet,
covering the head completely, and later to be equipped with
a visor to protect the eyes: the wearer was unrecognizable,
and the elaborate crests were worn to distinguish him from other
knights in similar attire. The whole body was now covered encased
in armor of varying degrees of flexibility. A series of plates
attached to the basic mail armor protected the arms, legs, chest
and back, and a quilted garment was worn beneath to lessen the
discomfort. Besides this, the warhorse would bear a mail or
cloth trapper, often both, and a chamfron on its head, as protection.
All this was extremely expensive and not easy to obtain." s
Barber Knight p.33