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

While he was at Siena his betrothed, Leonora, daughter of the king of Portugal, came to Pisa. She was a person of medium height, 16 years of age, happy countenance, lustrous black eyes, small mouth, rosy cheeks, white neck and countenance, and very well built. On the second day of the Fast she was led to Siena. There came forth to meet her, firstly the foremost citizens there, then King Ladislaus and Duke Albert, and the clergy followed. Frederick, the Roman king, and the papal legates awaited her at the two gates of the city. When they saw each other they embraced. After those events those of erected a marble monument. When Frederick went upon his way to Rome, he was accorded great and over-whelming honors at the command of the pope. When he approached Rome there came forth to meet him the entire nobility, a most distinguished assembly of papal councillors and cardinals, the bishop of Spoleto who was the pope’s vicar, and many other bishops and abbots, bearing the sacred relics. And thus Frederick, with an elegant and wonderfully ordered retinue, proceeded to Rome, the naked sword and two banners—one of St. George, the other with the eagle of the Roman Empire—being carried before him. Beside him were his royal spouse and King Ladislaus; also Duke Albert; all in proper order according to rank. King Frederick, under a cloth of gold, was led to the steps of St. Peter's Church. There, on an ivory chair, surrounded by the assembled cardinals, sat Pope Nicholas in his papal vestments. He received Frederick with fatherly and exceptional speech; and after Frederick had kissed his feet, he gave him an orb of gold. Thereafter Ladislaus and Albrecht, and finally Leonora kissed the feet of the pope. Thereupon Frederick bade Pope Nicholas to crown him with the Lombard crown; and this Frederick received from the pope; and thus Frederick was crowned king of the Lombards on the 15th day of the month of March. And Leonora, under the office of the mass, was again espoused, and the marriage consecrated. After three days the imperial coronation took place. The pope sat before the high altar, on an elevated throne. Two seats were provided, one for Frederick, the future emperor, and another for Leonora, his spouse. Frederick having taken the oath of fealty to St. Peter and to Pope Nicholas in the usual manner, he was clothed in a white robe, and accepted as a regular canon of Peter. Thereafter he was invested with the imperial robe, led to the center of the church, and consecrated three times. Then he was anointed at the altar of St. Maurice (likewise Leonora also), and thereafter, under the office of the mass (which the pope himself began), he was crowned Emperor with a golden crown set with pearls and precious stones, and honored with the sceptre, orb and sword—the sceptre as a symbol of his royal authority, the orb as a symbol of his sovereignty over the world, and the sword as a symbol of armament and war. And so, after the emperor, Leonora received at the hands of the pope the crown which had belonged to the wife of Emperor Sigismund. And although Emperor Frederick at great expense to himself, had provided costly ornaments and decorations, he also ordered the mantle, sword, sceptre and orb of Charlemagne to be brought from Nuremberg to Rome for the solemnities of his coronation. After the performance of the holy office, Leonora retired to her lodging, while the pope and the king rode together to St. Mary’s Church; and there they parted. And the Emperor rode upon the bridge of Hadrian, across the Tiber, and there (with the sword) he struck his brother Albert and many dukes and counts, to the number of about three hundred, conferring knighthood upon them. And so Emperor Frederick was endowed with the imperial crown on March 18, A.D. 1452. Thereafter the emperor, together with the empress, was invited to Naples by Alphonso, the king of Aragon. Then they were received with great honor; and they remained there for the week of the holy martyrs, and eight days thereafter, when King Alphonso showed his treasures and what costly things he possessed. The Emperor returned to Rome, but the empress remained with her father, the king, for another eight days. Thereafter she proceeded to Manfredonia (Siponto), and hence by sea to Venice. The emperor left Rome and made Borsius d'Este a duke of the cities of Mutina (modern Modena) and Regium Lepidi ; for which he gave the emperor a jewel which his father had purchased for about 21,000 florins. Then the emperor sailed to Venice. There the duke, accompanied by 300 councillors, and a countless number of nobles and common people, came forth to meet him. And they entertained him with rare and wonderful water sports, and indulged in festivities rare and unheard of. There the emperor remained for ten days; and he and the empress were kept free of all expenses, not only in the city of Venice, but in all the Venetian possessions. Now when Emperor Frederick came from Italy back into German territory, there arose a terrific and prodigious storm, and a change in the atmosphere, portending future misfortune, which followed. The princes of Hungary and Germany undertook new