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

Suncassianus, the fortunate king of Persia and Armenia, whose personal name was Assimbeus, began his rule over the Persians in the year 1454, after he had defeated and slain Zenza, the Persian king. He was at first a petty king of Armenia, courageous, a mighty warrior and hunter. He often fought large armies with a small body of men. After he had slain King Zenza he let it appear that he intended to crown that king’s son, then a prisoner, as king of Persia. He now proceeded as far as Tauris, into the capital city of Persia, conquering all the cities and castles; and when he felt that he had sufficiently secured himself, he slew the new king, and took possession of Persia. This Suncassianus (which signifies a great man) afterward brought the Bactrians, Medes and Persians and a large part of the East under his dominion. Pope Calixtus entered upon friendly relationship with this king, and the king showed the pope much respect. At the pope's instigation he subjected the Turks to heavy losses. On the appeal of the Venetians (when Negropont was lost) , he made war against Ottoman, the Turk, with a large army, and slew 30,000 Turks. Before long he and the Turk arranged a marriage between their children.

John Capistrano, a native of the village of Abruzzi not far from the city of Aquileia, and of the Franciscan Order, was at this time a convincing preacher of the Christian faith. At the command of the pope he went to Germany; and passing through Carinthia and Styria, he came to Austria. He was received as a papal legate and messenger of God by the people and by the clergy who came forth to meet him with the sacred relics. Many sick people were laid at his feet; and many among them (as it is said) were restored to health. He remained in Germany many days, teaching the ways of the Lord, and calling the people to penance. He was also invited to Nuremberg; and because of his teachings and works many people came there from the vicinity to see this man; and they wept for joy and out of devotion, raising their hands to heaven, blessing him, praising God, and touching and kissing his raiment. They looked upon him as heaven sent, and as an angel. This was his mode of life: He slept in his habit; rose before daybreak and prayed at Matins Lauds, and the First and Third Hours, and thereafter he held mass. Then he preached in Latin, translated into German by an interpreter. After the sermon he retired to a monastery of his order. He then prayed at the Sixth and Ninth Hours. He then visited the sick, remaining with them a long time, and placing his hands upon them. The beret of St. Bernardin and the blood which is said to have flowed from his nostrils after death, he also laid upon the sick; and in tears he prayed for all mankind. He then took his evening meal, and finally gave audience to those of his own order who came to see him. He prayed at vespers. He then again visited the sick; and these were his practices until night time. After Compline he did not seek rest and sleep, but devoted himself to reading the Holy Scriptures as far as fleeting time would permit. And thus he led a heavenly life. This man we saw at Nuremberg, at the age of 65 years, small, lean, withered, and a body made up of skin, veins and bones; yet he was happy and strong in his labors. He preached every day without cessation, and practiced martyrdom in greater or less degree. Emperor Frederick loved to hear this man; and thereafter the emperor went to Hungary, collected a large army against the Turks, and slew about 6,000 of them.

Francesco Filelfo of Ancona, a knightly man, laureated poet and writer, highly learned in the Latin and Greek, lived until this time in great esteem and renown. He constantly practiced in Greek and Latin composition. He was a student of the master Chrysoloras of Constantinople, and was his son-in-law. Chrysoloras educated him to such an extent that he was able to instruct many people at Venice, and later at Florence, Siena, Bologna, and finally at Milan, in Greek and Latin. He was in the pay of four dukes, and wrote many excellent books. He died in A.D. 1481 at the age of ninety years.

Leonardo de Utino, Preaching Order, teacher of the Holy Scriptures, well spoken, highly learned, prudent and agreeable, as the product of his high intelligence preached many sermons and gave much instruction to the people, and prepared and left (a book of) the saints throughout the year.