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

But the Hungarians, contrary to the queen's wishes, nevertheless sent their embassy to King Wladislaus in Poland. By much encouragement and flattery they induced him to come to Hungary, where they placed a diadem upon his head and saluted him as king. After the mother of Ladislaus had fought said Wladislaus in various engagements, Count Ulrich of Cilli, who had protected the kingdom of Ladislaus all too well through the course of the Hungarian dissensions, was captured by the Poles and imprisoned for a long time. Dionysius, archbishop of Gran, thereafter invested with the dignity of cardinal, and by ancestry and culture an illustrious man, had placed the royal diadem upon the head of every king, at times willingly, at times under compulsion. And although, in response to summons, and upon public assurances of safe conduct, he came to Ofen, he was not released until he had crowned Wiadislaus at Stuhlweissenburg. However, as soon as he returned home he employed his greatest zeal in opposing the Poles. Although Cardinal St. Angelus, who was sent to Hungary by Pope Eugenius, brought about a suspension of hostilities for a certain length of time, he was not able to effect peace between Wladislaus and Elizabeth. On the queen’s death almost all the best and foremost of the Hungarian kingdom turned to the Poles, except Giskra, the Bohemian, an experienced warrior, who remained in Hungary and took the part of Ladislaus. Frequently, but with a few men, he triumphed over great numbers of Hungarians and Poles, dispersing or destroying them. On two occasions he surrounded Janos Hunyadi and his army, depriving him of his wagon-forts. Janos was a Wallachian, and although not of high birth, was a good man, resourceful, highly intelligent, and a lover of virtue. With great success he fought many engagements with the Turks, enriching the houses of God with the booty taken from the enemy. He was the first to show the Hungarians that the Turkish lances could be broken and overcome. This also encouraged Wladislaus to undertake a war against Amurate, the Turkish sultan. Through Julianus the cardinal, an alliance was formed between Emperor Frederick and Wladislaus, who called himself King of Hungary, with the understanding that the emperor might punish the Hungarians for any losses they might inflict on Austria or Styria, and that Wladislaus, on the other hand, might punish the subjects of the emperor for all depredations in Hungary. A small village, Güntz, on the border of Styria and Austria, in Hungary, together with several castles in the vicinity, was in the possession of robbers, who proceeded from thence into Austria, carrying off people and cattle. Emperor Frederick speedily collected an army with which he proceeded into Hungary, captured the wagon-forts and defenses of the robbers, and hanged eighty of their number. When Wladislaus fell in the war with the Turks, Ladislaus, King Albert’s son, was elected king by common consent of the lords; and Janos Hunyadi was installed as governor of the Hungarian kingdom. He ruled (as it is said) with an iron rod in the absence of the king, but even in his presence was considered not less than the king himself. Janos died of an illness shortly after the defeat of the Turks at Stuhlweissenburg; and it is said that during his illness he would not permit the body of Christ (Sacrament) to be brought to him, saying that it is unseemly that the king should be brought into the house of his servant. And so, in his weakened condition he caused himself to be carried to the church, where he made his confession according to the Christian custom. Thereupon he received the sacrament; and while in the hands of the priests he gave up his soul to the Lord God,- truly a blessed spirit that on its own accord brought to heaven news of its great deeds at Stuhlweissenburg. Thereafter the Count of Cilli was slain by Ladislaus, the elder son of Hunyadi; wherefore, on the order of King Ladislaus, he was beheaded at Ofen, and his brother Matthias was imprisoned. And said King Ladislaus died at Prague as heretofore stated in this book. Thereupon the Hungarians assembled at Ofen to elect another king. Among other landed lords came Michael Zylagi (Milhaly Sczilagy) with a retinue of 13,000 horse and 7,000 foot. He was the brother of Hunyadi’s wife and uncle of Matthias. He was hostile to many Hungarian lords because of the execution of Ladislaus, the son of his sister. His power and might caused the Hungarians no small amount of concern, and they feared that no free election of a king could be held. Thereupon Michael appeared before the assembly, stating that he had not brought these armed men with him in order to bring force to bear at the election, but to intimidate those who might attempt to interfere with the freedom of the princes and the people in the election of a king; and merely to remind them of the good deeds of Janos Hunyadi, who alone drove the Turkish arms from the kingdom of Hungary, and gave the honor of victory to the Hungarian people; against which, be was unworthily and unjustly compensated by the cruel death of one of his sons and by the imprisonment of the other in Bohemia; wherefore the lords should deservedly raise up the memory of Janos Hunyadi and liberate his son Matthias from imprisonment and elevate him to the kingship of Hungary, which his father had held through his power and virtue;