First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…

so by his death he aroused dissension and opposition. But the highest and foremost of the land decided to give up possession of the country to Emperor Frederick upon condition that according to custom, they would answer the claimants in court. The widow of Count Ulrich undertook to protect the inheritance. But Emperor Frederick, after taking many castles by force, was finally able to establish himself at Cilli through its surrender by a Bohemian, who was the count’s captain and received money from the emperor, and abandoned the countess. But he soon regretted this, undertaking to cover up one coarse misdeed by another. With a small force be undertook to surround the emperor during the night. A number of the burghers took to arms and admitted him with 800 horsemen. But divine goodness sustained Emperor Frederick, and, contrary to custom, he was thus advised to sleep in the upper castle on this night. His retainers, who remained in the city, were all taken prisoners, and John Ungnadius, the wealthiest man in Styria, together with his brother Jorgen and Ulrich, the Austrian chancellor, were carried off, although Ulrich was a bishop and had fled to the church. It is said that there was a nobleman in Styria to whom it often occurred to hang himself; therefore he sought the counsel of a learned man against these temptations; and he was advised to engage a certain priest to read mass to him daily. This advice the nobleman followed, and had the priest hold mass for him for an entire year, during which period he never thought of hanging himself. Finally this priest asked the nobleman to grant him the privilege of serving him as parish priest in a church to be consecrated in the vicinity. To this the nobleman assented, with the intention of following him there and of being present during the holy office. Although he was undecided for a long time, he left at noon, and in the forest he met a peasant, who told him that the divine office had been completed and all the people had gone away. This distressed the nobleman very much, and he said that he was unhappy because he had not seen the body of Christ on this day. Therefore he urged the peasant to sell him the benefit which the peasant had secured by his attendance upon the divine office; whereupon the peasant asked the nobleman to give him an humble garment. After this purchase the nobleman nevertheless went to the church and prayed. On his way home he found the peasant hanging on a tree; after which he no longer found himself troubled with distressing thoughts. In this country much salt is obtained, which is shipped to other countries; there are also many rich mines of iron and silver.