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Sigismund, son of the Roman emperor Charles IV, a Bohemian, was of German ancestry and king of Hungary and Bohemia. While a king of Bohemia, and upon the death of the Roman emperor Ruprecht, in A.D. 1410, he was chosen Roman emperor by the electors at Frankfurt. He was a stern man and prepared to accomplish all things; he possessed initiative, courage, liberality, beneficence and gentleness. He was lordly in manner and of elegant physique; of chaste countenance, well built in body, magnanimous in peace and war, and profligate in expenditures. As soon as he entered upon the office of Roman emperor, he proceeded with a large army through all of France lying beyond the mountains of Lombardy, because of the direction which the war had taken. And although as a most Christian prince he performed many excellent and celebrated deeds, yet his most illustrious, most celebrated, and most memorable deed was that without sparing himself any labor and expense in travelling through Italy, France, Spain and England, he brought all the nations together at the council of Constance, and, that after the putting down of the schism, and the deposition of the schismatic popes, and the election of Pope Martin V, he devoted himself with all possible diligence to the unification of Christendom, which had seriously declined because of the Schism. And by his exhortations and virtue he improved the status of temporal and spiritual morals. He made a king of Vitoldus, the duke of Littau. Prussia, which the king of Poland had by force of arms taken from the Teutonic Knights, he restored to them. He imprisoned his brother Wenceslaus, a man of no value to the Roman Empire; for he had been neglectful of the common welfare, to the great damage of Bohemia; and by such imprisonment Bohemia was relieved therefrom. But he was not very fortunate either in his wars against the Turks, or the Bohemians. King Louis's daughter was his first spouse. She was crowned with him. Because he had undertaken to punish 32 rebellious Hungarian lords, he was imprisoned and for security placed in the custody of a widow whose husband he had slain; but being reconciled to him, she released him. And he married Barbara, daughter of the Count of Cilli. Before long he again secured the sovereignty and punished the traitors; and the sons of the widow he provided with dignities and riches, on a par with the foremost of the kingdom. After much strife he recovered Bohemia. He gave Moravia to his son-in-law, Duke Albert of Austria; and the March of Brandenburg, to Frederick of Nuremberg. With varying fortune he reigned over 50 years. In his old age he made another journey to Italy in order to secure the imperial crown; and he was crowned by Pope Eugenius. From thence he proceeded to Mantua, and there made of Gian Francesco Gonzaga a Mantuan margrave. He made peace with the Venetians. From thence he went to Basle, thence to Ulm, and from Ulm to Regensburg. There the Bohemians came to him in great numbers, acknowledged him as their lord and king. Thereupon, at the solicitation of the Hungarians, he shipped down the Danube to Ofen (Budapest). There he summoned the princes of the Bohemian kingdom for the purpose of improving conditions. And at Stulweissenburg he distributed among them 60,000 florins, fixing the day of his advent into Bohemia. Thereafter he reached Iglau, and after entering into a treaty of peace and unity, he entered Prague in A.D. 1436. The Bohemians received him with great honor, and the nobility and the cities did him homage. Thereupon the clergy returned to Prague, to the joy of all Christian kings and nations. And Pope Eugenius, as a symbol of his elation, sent him a golden rose. In the course of these events Emperor Sigismund became ill and weak; and he began to experience the burdens of old age. Thereupon Barbara considered how she might remain in power and in possession of the sovereignty; and although along in years, she decided to remarry upon the death of her lord. When the emperor noted the proposal of his mad wife, he caused himself to be carried to Moravia to once more see his daughter before he died. And his daughter, together with her husband, Albert, came to him in the city of Znaim; and there he named Albert, his son-in-law, as his successor; and he bade the nobles of Hungary and Bohemia to carry out his last will. He left the kingdoms to his son-in-law, saying that a kingdom governed by Albert would be blessed. Thereupon he died, and was buried at Grosswardein, as he had commanded.