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

Once upon a time 40,000 florins were brought to Emperor Sigismund from Hungary, and were placed in his chamber at a late hour. Then the emperor was about to retire, thoughts of what use to make of the money interfered with his sleep. So he awakened his chamberlain and ordered him to summon his counsellors and the captains and corporals of his army to the emperor's presence. The counsellors, thus called at midnight, fearing that some evil had befallen the emperor, hastened to him, inquiring the cause of the sudden summons. The emperor opened the treasure chest and divided the money among them, saying, Now go forth, for now we may sleep, securely and in peace; that which has interfered with my sleep has gone out with you.

Through the diligence and management of Emperor Sigismund an ecumenical council was held at Constance, in Swabia, in 1414, to dispose of the schism which had endured for thirty-nine years. Five nations appeared in the council, namely, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and England; and what was there ordained with the cognizance of these five nations had the same force and effect as if all mankind had confirmed it. Pope John also came there, although some had advised him not to do so. And although, by sharp disputation, he kept the Germans in doubt, yet when Emperor Sigismund afterward entered the council, and all were given authority to speak freely as they saw fit, John involuntarily abdicated from the pontificate. Gregory voluntarily abdicated, while Benedict was deposed. The Wycliffite heresy was condemned, and John Huss and Jerome, heretics of that erroneous belief, were burned. And after many prelates and princes had spent four years there in the transaction of Christian affairs, and the deposition of the schismatic popes, it was decided to elect a new pope. Thereupon six pious men were chosen from among the nations, who together with the cardinals were to elect a Roman pope. And so, in A.D. 1417, with the consent of 32 cardinals and all the nations (after the church had been without a pope for four years) Otto, the Roman Colonna, a cardinal, was elected pope, to the joy of Emperor Sigismund, who thanked them all; and falling on his knees before the pope, with merited honor, kissed his feet. And the pope embraced the emperor, and holding him like a brother, thanked him for his diligence in restoring peace to the church. And thus the council ended in A.D. 1418.

John Gerson, chancellor at Paris, at this time transacted sundry business for the king of France, as well as other affairs at the council of Constance. He was a learned man and a great doctor in the Holy Scriptures. He left many writings of benefit to the church, and died in A.D. 1429.

Caspar Schlick, called a lord among the princes, was born of an Italian countess and a German of the family of Lazan, in Franconia. He was a becoming man, of agreeable speech, a lover of scriptural wisdom, and well adapted to all his undertakings. Good fortune and fitness so promoted him that he became the head of the chancery of three successive Roman kings, something never before heard of. His wife was a daughter of the duke of Silesia. Emperor Sigismund gave him Eger and Ellenbogen, while King Albert of Hungary gave him Calesum and Weisskirchen. This man must have possessed very useful qualifications and good nature in order to serve emperors of different habits with equal grace and favor. Through his friendship Aeneas Pius was called to episcopal office, from which sprang successive honors.