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

measures concerning the young king Ladislaus; for when Frederick planned to go to Italy, the Austrians bade him to leave Ladislaus with them in the land of his paternal heritage. But when the emperor denied this request, the Austrians, under the leadership of Count Ulrich of Cilli and his confederates, became hostile to the emperor, and they besieged him at Neustadt upon his return from Italy. Thereupon the emperor allowed them to extend allegiance to the young king Ladislaus. This glorious emperor Frederick had three heirs by his imperial spouse, Leonora: Christopher, who died an untimely death; Maximilian, duke of Burgundy, and now Roman king; and Margaret, wife of Albert, duke of Bavaria. And although the Austrians with the help of the Bohemians besieged Emperor Frederick at Neustadt and at Vienna, yet as victors they were induced to seek peace with the defeated emperor; and according thereto they were compelled to pay him an annual tribute of 6000 gulden. This emperor finally conducted various wars against Matthias, the king of Hungary; and Matthias inflicted sundry losses upon the emperor, and more particularly upon the Austrians, taking from them the cities of Vienna and Neustadt. But Maximilian recovered the same cities for his father after the death of Matthias. In order to allay the hostility of the Christian princes and of the people, and to establish peace among them, and to rescue our Christian faith in many parts of the Roman Empire, the emperor held public sessions, and particularly at Regensburg, in 1471, and several years thereafter at Nuremberg. In 1486 he took his son Maximilian into the sovereignty as a co-ruler; for his royal person was in such condition, through the burdens of old age, that he was unable to do that which his son might accomplish. This most illustrious emperor Frederick III went to his rest at Lintz, in Austria, about noon on the 19th day of August, A.D. 1493, at the age of 78 years, after devoutly receiving the Holy Sacrament of ChriSt. His body was taken to Vienna, and buried in St. Stephen’s Church. May God comfort his soul and the souls of all the faithful.

Bernardin of Siena, of the Franciscan Order, an augmentor thereof, and a distinguished preacher of his time, was born of honorable parents. He was learned in the canon law. His paternal and maternal inheritance, not small to begin with, he distributed to the poor, forsook worldly honors and pomp, and entered this order. He re-established and improved the order, which in many places had become unstable, and exhorted his brethren to live according to the rule of St. Francis, and the holy Gospels. He wandered all over Italy, preaching for 30 years, and thereby augmented the order, erecting over fifty cloisters throughout Italy and filling them with brethren. When preaching it was his custom to exhibit to the people a tablet inscribed with the name of Jesus in golden letters. Without question, he healed the sick and performed miracles in the name of Jesus. He died at the age of 63 years, illustrious for his miracles; and therefore he was enrolled in the number of the saints by Pope Nicholas in A.D. 1450.

A Jubilee was celebrated at Rome in the year 1450, and this was the great year of grace; for, as according to the old law all servitude in body and soul were to end in the fiftieth year, so also all guilt and sinful burdens of those who visited the threshold of the holy apostles in devout and youthful spirit were to be remitted. Therefore, in this year countless numbers of people from all parts of Christendom came to home, 40,000 people passing back and forth through the city daily. But before the year had passed, a great catastrophe occurred at Rome. There was such a crowd of people passing back and forth with asses, horses and mules, over the bridge across the Tiber, that the walls of the bridge collapsed; and many people fell into the Tiber and were drowned, while others were crushed on the bridge.

In the preceding year a plague occurred in Asia, which crept into the land of the Wends, through Dalmatia and Italy, and then appeared in Germany and France. And in consequence of this plague, as well as an eclipse of the sun and many earthquakes, a great famine followed.