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

FRANCONIA borders on Swabia and Bavaria on the south; on the Rhine to the west; on Bohemia and Thuringia on the east; and on Thuringia and Hesse to the north. Inasmuch as the origin of Franconia and its ancient government, particularly of the cities of Nuremberg, Bamberg and Wurtzburg have already been set forth in this hook, together with illustrations and sketches of their form, and descriptions and references largely taken from Aeneas Silvius, it is not fitting that we should place a double burden on the reader; and we therefore refer him to the earlier descriptions of each city, under its proper head, and will say nothing further of Franconia, except (as Aeneas Silvius in the conclusion of his history of Franconia states) that in this country Margrave Frederick of Brandenburg was in favor with Emperor Sigismund and his friends. To him four sons were born, John, Frederick, Albert, and yet another Frederick, John, being the eldest, was entitled to the electorate; but his father preferred Frederick over him, regarding him as more fitted, and this not without reason; for Frederick was an augmenter of justice and righteousness and was renowned among the German princes for his wisdom. Albert from the days of his youth had been reared in knightly conduct, and was not only gifted in the art of war, but also in horsemanship and jousting. He achieved many valorous and mighty deeds, not to forget those gifts and graces which be possessed by nature.