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

Wenceslaus, the king of Bohemia, according to the attendants upon his court, often said, If I am fortunate in the ravaging of the Italian cities, I will divide the spoils among the knights, but the wine I will keep myself. If anyone enters the wine cellar in my dominion, he shall be punished by the sword. On account of his misconduct and neglect, the electors deposed Wenceslaus from the Roman imperial sovereignty, and put Rupert the Bavarian in his stead. And all the German cities turned to Rupert, except Nuremberg, whose citizens, mindful of their obligation and oath to Wenceslaus, nevertheless feared the might of the newly elected sovereign. So they sent their court messengers to Wenceslaus, and offered him 10,000 guilders to release them of their obligation. And he released them, but upon the further condition that they send him four cart-loads of Fürstenberger, then regarded as the best Rhenish wine.

John of Rupecissa, of the Barefoot (Franciscan) Order, a renowned teacher of the Holy Scriptures and of natural philosophy, at this time, in addition to what he wrote about the books of the higher criticism, also said much about things to come. He was put into prison, and therein, as if a prophet, he wrote much concerning the future, namely, of two antichrists, of the prostration of the churches, of the devastation of the orders, of the conversion of all heathens to the Christian faith, and of many other things. And all this, he said, was revealed to him by the Lord Jesus. None of these things actually happened, but the contrary came to pass. Similar prophecies of hidden things proved deceptive, and it is better to remain silent than to speak of such matters.

Simon of Cassia, of the Augustinian Order, a distinguished teacher and preacher of the Holy Scriptures and of natural philosophy, in these times proved a medicinal collation to languishing souls for the attainment of the perfect life. As a correct interpreter of the Gospels and a true follower of he compiled the histories of our Saviour, and arranged them in orderly fashion in 15 books. He also wrote many other good Christian teachings and precepts. He flourished at Florence in the spirit of prophecy, and there erected a nunnery to his Order, filling it with noble women and maidens.

The Feast of the Visitation of the glorious Virgin Mary was established at this time by Pope Urban VI, to be celebrated for eight days in like manner as Corpus Christi. For through the intercession and offices of the Virgin Mary, consecrated Mother of God, unity had been granted to churches after the Schism.

Francesco of Carrara, the elder, received the paternal lordship, and governed for 11 years. He was an illustrious, virtuous and praiseworthy man. He beautified the city of Padua with towers and battlements, and with attractive public buildings and residences. In war he performed many commendable and memorable deeds, thereby prospering his dominion. However, after he undertook to free Bernabo, husband of his sister, from Galeazzo Maria, he not only failed in his purpose, but also lost his own life in consequence; for Galeazzo not only defeated him and took him prisoner, but kept him confined until he died.

Catherine of Siena, daughter of a dyer, scorning marriage, at the age of twelve, entered the convent of St. Dominick as a penitent of the Third Order. She was illustrious for her many miracles and her abstemious and strict life, in the course of which she had many visions and victories. Christ espoused her with a ring set with four pearls and a diamond. And the Lord took her heart and gave her his own, and the scar remained on her side. She was illustrious with the spirit of prophecy. After having performed many miracles she died at the age of 30 years at Rome, whither she had gone out of devout considerations. In the presence of many people her body was taken to the Dominican church, and buried with great devotion and honor. On the first day of May A.D. 1455 she was enrolled in the number of saintly virgins by her countryman, Pope Pius II, who wrote concerning her piety and virtue.