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

In A.D. 1446, discord arose between the Teutonic Brothers and Ladislaus, the king of Poland, concerning boundaries and extent of the kingdom; and both sides became involved in war, employing great and mighty armies. The Prussians (contented in the great number of their warriors, or moved by their combative spirit) first sent a herald to the king with two swords, one for peace, the other for war, so that he might choose either. The king chose the sword of war, caused it to be blessed, and girded it on for battle. And when the parties went to war, the king first sent on ahead into battle his allies, the Lithuanians. And when the Prussians were weary from battle with the Lithuanians, the Poles pressed on after them, inflicting a heavy and bloody defeat on the Prussians; and on the same day about 400 brethren of the Order, together with their grandmaster, on horse, were killed; and thousands of men were slain, and the rest taken prisoner. And thus Prussia, with the exception of Marienburg, passed into the hands of the Poles. And thereafter the cities of Danzig and Thorn were also taken from them by Casimir, the king of Poland, who claimed Prussia as a part of his kingdom.

Albert, margrave of Brandenburg, before this time waged a great war against the city of Nuremberg; and with a military force he stormed the little city of Greifenburg, which was protected by a wall and moat and lay about four miles from Nuremberg. After both aides had sustained heavy losses and damage, this war was finally silenced and ended through the diligence and daily efforts of Duke Ludwig of Bavaria. Several years later a war occurred between the same Duke Ludwig and the said Margrave Albert, both mighty princes. But after both sides had fought many battles with great bravery, peace was made through the efforts of the other princes of Germany.

Louis, son of King Charles of France, at this time secured the kingdom on the death of his father. Said King Charles was a kind man, but of a dull mind. After he had brought on a war against King Henry of England and Duke John of Burgundy, and had slain many men, he was finally defeated in a great and mighty battle; and many cities were taken from him. And if God, through a young maiden had not miraculously supported him, he would have lost his entire kingdom. Finally Nicholas, a cardinal of the Carthusian Order, made peace with the Duke of Burgundy; but later he caused him to be put to death by stealth; and this was the cause of the many evils that followed. Now when said Louis secured the kingdom and the sovereignty over it, he drove many of the supporters of his father out of the kingdom; and when he later attempted to lessen the privileges of the Church, he incurred the enmity of many popes. When the people wanted Duke Charles of Aquitaine and Normandy as a ruler, because of his wisdom, he was slain at the instigation of said King Louis; but when the nobility of the kingdom and the Duke of Burgundy learned of this, they renewed their old hatreds and enmity, formed an alliance, and overcame King Louis by force of arms. The Duke of Burgundy proceeded into Picardy, and captured and sacked the city of Poitiers. The king, deserted by his people, fled to Paris. Later the pope pacified the affair through Bessarion, the cardinal of Nice, King Louis died at Rheims in A.D. 1484, leaving his 15 year old son, who still lives, as his successor in the kingdom.

George podiebrad, a Bohemian, after the death of Ladislaus, king of Hungary and Bohemia, caused himself to be advanced at an assembly of the nobles and landed lords to which they had been summoned; for his regency over the government did not end with the death of the king. Those of Prague at once submitted to his rule, and he was proclaimed king; for he was skilled both at home and in the field, and in the management of his affairs he lacked neither age nor judgment. Although he professed to be a good Christian, and had extended the hand of friendship to two bishops, and had taken an oath on the holy Gospels that upon his coronation he would be faithful and obedient to the holy Roman Church, and was thereupon confirmed by the Emperor Frederick, yet he was contrary and faithless in all these matters, and protected and fostered the Bohemian heresy. And therefore he and the entire Bohemian kingdom were cursed, excommunicated and interdicted by Popes Pius and Paul. He died A.D. 1471.

Mohammed, the Turkish Sultan, after driving out the Greek Emperor, Thomas Paleologus and his brother in 1460, captured Peloponnesus; and after imprisoning and slaying the king of Trebizond, he took Pontus, and later Mytilene. The Venetians besieged Corinth but the Turks came on with their forces and compelled the Christians to take to their ships. Finally the duke of Venice prepared for war with an excellent fleet and as he approached Ancona, and was seen from a distance by Pope Pius, who was still spiritually present in the heights, the pope passed away in glory.