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Albert (II), duke of Austria, son-in-law of the aforesaid Emperor Sigismund, and king of Bohemia and Hungary, was made Roman emperor March 20, A.D. 1438; and he reigned two years. He was endowed with every virtue, a spiritual prince, kind and upright, bold, and of a ready hand in war. This Duke Albert, together with his spouse, Elizabeth, was with the consent and to the great joy of the people, crowned king of Hungary at Stuhlweissenburg, and later of Bohemia. In the meantime the electors of the empire met at Frankfurt, and decided to make him Roman emperor also; but this was not agreeable to him without the consent of the landed lords of Hungary; for in the time of Emperor Sigismund, who was also a Hungarian king, the Turks fell upon the kingdom of Hungary when, to please the Italians, he had gone to Italy; wherefore the Hungarians in accepting Albert as their king exacted an oath that he would not accept the Roman sovereignty without their authority and consent. Yet the Hungarians were summoned to the king at Vienna, and after sundry deliberations, they were moved by Duke Frederick of Austria, then still a youth, to give their consent. And so, to the great joy of the Germans, he accepted the Roman sovereignty, and with the consent of the empire he went to Hungary to proceed against the Turks. In the meantime Bishop George died at Gran. He had kept the Hungarian crown at the castle. Thereupon King Albert proceeded to the castle; and the castle was given to the queen. When the lords, as they were ordered, permitted the queen to see the crown jewels, she secretly purloined the holy crown of St. Stephen and passed it on to an old woman. Thereafter King Albert, without assistance and without delay, proceeded against the Turks with his army; and he surrounded himself with a wagon-fort between the Danube and the river Theiss. In the meantime the Turkish sultan captured the castle, blinded the son of the despot whose sister he had espoused, and returned home. When the news reached the king, he left his army and came to Ofen (Budapest); but feeling the heat of the warm month of August, he sought refreshment in melons so immoderately that he contracted a flux. Finding himself in precarious condition he determined to go to Vienna in order to recover his health in the climate in which he was reared, or to die among his own people. But when he reached Gran, and his illness became worse, he left his pregnant wife, ordered his affairs, and died in the village of Langendorf. He was buried in Stuhlweissenburg after he had reigned not quite two years as Roman emperor. All had hoped for and looked forward to much future benefit at his hands; but his time was too brief.

The Council of Basle was held in A.D. 1438 at the behest of Pope Martin. The beginning was slow, but later the assembly increased in numbers through the attendance of bishops and other prelates, and of the various cardinals who had seceded from Pope Eugenius. As Eugenius was threatened with war on every hand, and observed that the council increased in numbers daily, and that many princes from many Christian countries and places went there, placing all matters concerning Christendom at the disposal of council, he, with the common consent of all the cardinals who still adhered to him, sought to divert the council to Bologna. But the emperor and other princes, and prelates then present at Basle, would not follow the pope, but admonished him to come to Basle with his cardinals, threatening action against him if he disobeyed. Eugenius did not appear but sent a legate in his stead. Thereupon, through the instrumentality of Duke Philip of Milan, he was deposed, and Amadeus, duke of Savoy, was elected in his stead, and named Felix. This council had a good beginning but a bad end on account of the schism that followed; for Eugenius influenced the Dauphin of King Charles of France to proceed to Basle with a large army, which quickly dispersed the council.