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

Poggio Florentino, an eloquent orator and experienced composer and writer of papal letters, was at this time held in great esteem for his scriptural wisdom and his eloquence, at Rome, at the Council of Constance, and at other places. While attending the Council, he found the ancient masterful orations of Quintilian, and which had been lost, in a monastery at Constance. Because of his scriptural wisdom and art, practiced for forty years while he lived at the Roman court, he was sent for by the Florentines, and honorably received and esteemed by them. He wrote beautiful poems, a book of letters, and a book of humorous stories and tables. He also translated several Greek manuscripts into Latin.

Guasperinus Bergomensis, born in the little village of Barziza, a highly renowned grammarian and rhetorician, at this time residing at Venice, revived the Latin tongue, which was about half dead; and there because of the praise and esteem accorded him, he attracted many disciples and made them accomplished men. When this man’s fame came to the notice of Duke Philip at Milan, he summoned him from Padua and Venice to his duchy. Guasperinus retrieved and brought back into circulation several books of Cicero, which had been lost. He also left very fine speeches and epistles.

Christophorus (de Bergamo) Barzizius, a highly renowned and celebrated physician, being a learned man, also left a number of treatises.

Antonio de Butrio, of Bologna, a highly educated man, renowned for his pious life, at this time wrote good commentaries on the canon law and compiled two registers of both the civil and the canon law, and gave good counsel.

Francesco Zarbarella, of Padua, a cardinal, highly learned in the canon law, at this time wrote much in the interpretation thereof; and he compiled other memorable material.

Raphael Fulgosio, of Placenzia, a distinguished jurist, at time also wrote much in the interpretation of the civil law. Raphael Cumanus, his contemporary, also a highly learned jurist in the civil law, did likewise.

John de Ymola, an extraordinary and renowned doctor of both branches of the law, at this time wrote much concerning the civil, and canon laws.

Jacobus de Folivio, a distinguished physician, flourished at this time; and, as they say, he excelled all the physicians and natural philosophers. As the product of his high intelligence he wrote a number of treatises in the interpretation and exposition of the books of the ancient physicians.

Hugo of Siena, renowned physician, is said to have been endowed with such intelligence and medical skill that he excelled all others who had flourished in Etruria before him, except the said Jacobus. He also wrote books about the ancient physicians, and left much good counsel.

Abbas Siculus, illustrious at this time for his scriptural wisdom and skill, was highly educated in the canon law, which he publicly taught and on which he lectured at Siena. He wrote many commentaries on the canon law, and gave much good counsel.

Barbara, queen of Emperor Sigismund and countess of Cilli, although well advanced in years, thought that after the death of her husband (which was impending) she would contract another marriage. But after his death she and his corpse were taken to prison as a definite warning and example to all. The mourning Hungarians congregated about, and in view of this lamentable condition no one could withhold his tears. Here they mourned the death of the king; there they showed compassion and sympathy for the imprisoned queen. After her release she went to Bohemia, and there she became aged in a licentious life. She was noble by birth and ancestry, but her career was subject to calumny and suspicion. She sank into such blind folly that she publicly called the holy virgins, who had suffered for Christ, fools and simpletons. She said there is no life beyond the present, and that body and soul die together. After her unhallowed death by the plague this shameless and evil woman was carried to Prague by the terrible Hussite priests, and there buried in the royal sepulchre beside their sacred relics; for nothing is impossible in Bohemia. This was a woman of insatiable passion, and an evil-smelling vat of all the vices.