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

Here sprang up the kingdom of the Lacedaemonians, and there Eurystheus (Euristeus) first reigned for 42 years.

Boaz (Boos), the son of Salmon, was born in the 48th year of his father, and in the 3775th year of the world.

Here began the kingdom of the Corinthians, and there first reigned Aletes (Atlethes), a warlike man and conqueror. As he was a powerful man, and saw that by force or counsel he could sway the people as he wished, he took it upon himself to become their ruler.

It is to be noted that in the Gospels a gap occurs between Boaz and Obed (Obeth), for between them elapsed 272 years, which cannot be covered by but one person. Therefore Boaz occurs five times. Nicholas de Lyra says that in truth there were three Boaz’s who followed one after the other, for such a situation is not to be found in credible and orderly history. However, it is certain that between the beginning of the judgeship of Joshuah, when Salmon espoused Rahab who bore Boaz, up to the time of David’s birth 367 years elapsed, during which time three generations are mentioned by the evangelists.[See remarks on the Illustrations following.]

Ruth was of the tribe of the Moabites. She took for her husband a man named Mahlon (Maalon). He was a Jew and native of Bethlehem. His father was named Elimelech and his mother Naomi (Noemi). Because of a famine in her country, Naomi with her two sons, wandered into the land of the Moabites. Her son Chilion (Chelion) married Orpah (Orpbam), and her son Mahlon married Ruth. After the lapse of seventeen years Elimelech and his two sons died. In bitter sorrow over her misfortune, Naomi decided to return to Judah, her native land. But her daughters-in-law were not willing to have her leave them. But as Ruth was not willing to remain, Naomi took her along to Judah. And as they came into Bethlehem, Boaz, the friend of Elimelech, took them into his house. Now as Boaz, after a time learned that Ruth was the widow of his departed friend, and as he himself had no wife, he took her to wife according to the laws of Moses. A year thereafter she bore him a son. And Naomi took him and named him Obed, because she became his nurse in her old age. And to Obed was afterward born Jesse, from whom was born David.[See Book of Ruth 1-4. In the German edition of the this paragraph and the preceding one are switched.]


Eurystheus (Euristeus) is here represented in a small woodcut, with crown, orb and scepter. It is the same woodcut that represents Baleus at Folio XXXVII recto, in the Lineage of the Assyrian Kings. For earlier remarks on Eurystheus, see Lacedaemonia (Folio XXVIII verso, and notes).

Aletes, son of Hippotes, and a descendant of Hercules, is said to have taken possession of Corinth.


The Lineage of Christ is here continued from Folio XXXIIII verso. It is a narrow vertical panel 2½" x 12½", of five portraits, extending the full distance of the text page. Each portrait bears the name Booz (Boaz). The first is undated; the second is dated 3825; the third 3875; the fourth 3925; and the fifth 3975. Note that these dates are exactly 50 years apart, indicating a purely arbitrary and imaginative scheme, apparently intended to bear out the observations of the Chronicler in the text above. Each portrait is a separate woodcut.


The Genealogy of Ruth begins with Elimelech and his spouse Naomi, and proceeds downward to their two sons, Chilion and Mahlon, beside whom is his wife Ruth. To the right of Ruth is her second husband, Boaz. The group is represented by a single woodcut 7½" x 3¼".