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

At this time, as Orosius says, the night was almost converted into day; and a hail of very hard stones rained down from the clouds.

Here begin the weeks of Daniel (as Bede notes), concerning which scholars have had great controversies and misunderstandings among themselves.

When in the sixth year of Darius the Temple of the Lord was completed, Joiakim (Joachim), the high priest, together with the other priests, praised God by the blowing of trumpets and high festivities.


Eliashib (Elizaphat), a high priest of the Hebrews, came to this honorable office, as Eusebius says, after his father Joiakim; and he held it for 32 years. He is deserving of much praise, for by his wisdom he obtained from Artaxerxes the Persian king, for the servants of the church, freedom from tax and tribute, and the power to change the judges.

Eliakim (Eliachim), in the Year of the World 4759.[This statement does not occur in the German edition of the .]

Joiada (Judas), the fourth high priest, lived in the time of Mordecai, and to him he wrote letters from the city of Susa (Susis) in Persia concerning the good luck attending certain days. He was a man of great learning and piety, but he met much opposition.

Jonathan (Iohannes), son of Joiada the high priest, and fifth high priest of the Hebrews, had a brother named Jesus (Iesus), who coveted the office of high priest; and in that he was encouraged by Vagosus, a prefect beyond the seas, to whom he was specially related. He drew his brother into an argument, and enticing him into the Temple, killed him. As a result of which Vagosus carried away the treasures of the Temple.[Jeshua begat Joiakim, who begat Eliashib, who begat Joiada, who begat Jonathan, who begat Jaddus (Neh. 12:10-11).]

Azor, in the Year of the World 4809.[This statement does not occur in the German edition of the .]

Of this Sadoc (Sadoch; referring to the portrait opposite) (in the Year of the World 4859) [The phrase in the parenthesis does not occur in the German edition of the .] we know nothing except what Matthew has mentioned of him in the genealogy of Christ, in his first chapter.[]

Jeremiah (Hieremias) prophesied for the last time in Egypt; and as he there admonished the people for their sins he was stoned at Tahpanhes (Taphnas) and was buried at the same place. This is where the Pharaoh lived for a time.[This is a repetition of a portion of the text as found at Folio LV verso.]

Ezekiel (Ezechiel), the prophet, having admonished certain people, and by doing making them angry against him, was dragged by horses over the stones until his brains fell out. He was buried in the grave of Shem, the son of Noah, and of Arphaxad (Arphaxat) his (Shem's) son.[A variation of the theme at Folio LXI verso.]

Zecharias (Zacharias) and Haggai (Aggeus), in the second year of Darius, upbraided the people because they were too lax in the rebuilding of the Temple; and they admonished Zorobabel (Sorobabel), and in consequence he spoke to the king, who gave his assent to the work. And the people were aroused to complete the Temple. After many good works and the completion of the Temple, Zecharias died; and he was buried beside Haggai, the prophet.

Lucretia (Lucrecia) was a Roman matron, and above all women chaste, beautiful, elegant, and famous. She was the wife of Collatinus, and killed herself because her chastity was violated by Sextus Tarquinius, son of the haughty Tarquinius. Therefore Tarquinius was driven out; and so ended the Roman line of kings—seven in number, who reigned over a period of 240 years.[The seven Roman kings were Romulus, Numa Pompilius, Tullius Hostilius, Ancus Martius, Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tullius, and Lucius Tarquinius (Folios LVI recto and verso, and LXV recto).]


The Priestly Lineage is here continued from Folio LXIV verso:

  1. Eliashib (here called Elizaphat), son of Joiakim.
  2. Joida (Joiade, or Judas).
  3. Jonathan (Johannes), son of Joiada.


The Lineage of Christ is here continued from Folio LXIV verso:

  1. Solomon's Temple (Templum Salomonis), a small woodcut, is injected into the genealogic panel without explanation. It represents a circular structure with a low dome, and is approached by a grand staircase. In addition to this there are several small structures in the nature of entries or forehalls to the Temple. The main building is crowned by a tri-lobed object resembling a fully developed tomato.
  2. Eliakim (Eliachim), son of Abiud, Folio LXIV verso.
  3. Azor, son of Eliakim.
  4. Sadoc (Sadoch), son of Azor.


Jeremiah (Hieremias), Ezekiel (Ezechiel) and Zechariah (Zacharias) are each represented by a very small woodcut. The portraits are commonplace, though the German edition, as it does in so many of these cases, replaces all three with different portraits.


Lucretia is honored by a distinctive portrait, hardly adaptable to any other subject. Headdress and gown are strictly medieval. With her right hand she firmly holds a sword, proportionately at least thirty inches long, which she has plunged into her body, just below the waist line, and it has come out of her back, the point of the sword being as high as the top of her head. Throughout her suicide she retains the elegantia that the Chronicle ascribes to her.